Hull's second goal of game denies Florida


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Brett Hull has a knack of dispatching the
Florida Panthers in overtime.

Hull scored his second goal of the game 1:34 into overtime,
lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over
the Panthers. Hull victimized Roberto Luongo, who was also in goal
on Feb.27, 2002, when the Panthers fell 3-2.

That night, Hull beat Florida 4:11 into the five-minute extra

He couldn't wait that long on Wednesday as the condition of the
playing surface persuaded him to shoot.

"The ice is so bad that it was slow developing,'' Hull said.
"I almost thought about not shooting it but I decided to just
shoot it as hard as I could.''

Manny Legace had 27 saves for the Red Wings.

Marcus Nilson scored for Florida, and Roberto Luongo made 30
saves -- 26 in the first two periods.

Luongo made a franchise-record 57 saves on 60 shots in last
year's game.

"It does get a little frustrating but you have to stay with
it,'' Hull said. "Teams are getting up to play us, especially the
goalies. It's not easy but we're finding ways to get it done.''

In overtime, Hull shot from the bottom of the left circle.
Luongo partially blocked the puck but it went over his shoulder.

"I made my play,'' Luongo said. "He got a good shot. I got a
piece of it but it just went in. What else can I say?''

The Panthers have played overtime in seven of their last 12
games and lead the NHL with 20 overtime games in 41 contests this
season. Florida is 3-8-9 in overtime.

The Panthers are on an eight-game winless streak at home. They
are 4-7-5-4 at home and 8-5-4-4 on the road.

"We were on our heels the first 40 minutes of the game,''
Florida coach Mike Keenan said. "We finally played with the same
level of determination we've seen on the road in the third

Detroit nearly won 15 seconds into overtime when Sergei Fedorov
shot wide of the net during a breakaway. Florida then had its
chance to win, but Viktor Kozlov's shot from in front hit Legace's
pad and then the crossbar.

The Panthers took only 11 shots the first two periods before
scoring in the third.

"The guys let me take the first two periods off,'' Legace said.
"Luongo put on a show for the fans. Then they came out flying in
the third period.''

The Panthers tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal 52 seconds into
the third period. Nilson spun around at the bottom of the left
circle then slapped the puck just under the crossbar.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead with 5:14 left in the second period on a
power-play goal. Henrik Zetterberg passed from behind the goal line
to Hull in the high slot. Hull one-timed a shot past Luongo.

Luongo stopped 25 shots before giving up the goal, including
five from close range during Detroit's second-period power play.

Luongo made a spectacular save at 6:53 of the second period
after Zetterberg shot from the doorstep to the left of the crease.
Luongo stopped the flying puck with the paddle of his stick then
reached back and pulled the puck out of the crease as it trickled
toward the goal line. A few seconds later, Luongo made a glove save
on a shot by Brendan Shanahan.

Legace also made several dramatic saves. Early in the third
period, the Panthers came down on a 3-on-1 but Legace made a glove
save on a shot by Stephen Weiss. A couple of minutes later, Legace
denied Niklas Hagman's shot at a partially open net when he stopped
the puck with his blocker. With 5:51 left, Legace made another
glove save on Hagman from in front.

"With my little body, I've got to stretch,'' Legace said.
"It's the only way I'll make those saves.''

Florida is 0-6-3 against Detroit since Dec. 1, 1996.

Game notes
Hull has 696 career goals. ... Detroit's Chris Chelios
missed his fourth straight game because of a leg injury. ...
Detroit is 17-0-2 when leading after two periods. ... The
attendance of 19,250 marked Florida's third consecutive sellout.
... Kozlov has a six-game point streak. Nilson has points in four
straight games.