DETROIT (AP) -- Another game, another milestone for the Detroit
Steve Yzerman moved past Mario Lemieux for sixth place on the
NHL's career scoring list with his 1,702nd point in Detroit's 5-2
victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
Yzerman assisted on Tomas Holmstrom's goal, which gave the Red
Wings a 4-2 lead midway through the third period. When his feat was
recognized by the public-address announcer, Yzerman stood and
raised a hand to the crowd.
"Every time we make an announcement, I assume it's about
Steve," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "It's pretty constant
Two weeks ago, Yzerman became the seventh player to reach 1,700
points. Brett Hull scored his 718th goal on Oct. 29 to move into
fourth place on the league's career list.
Yzerman was working out after the game and was not available for
Holmstrom was in awe when he thought about Yzerman's point
"I can't even count that much," Holmstrom said. "That's a lot
of points. It's incredible."
The Red Wings returned home for their first game since going
1-2-2 on a recent road trip.
"The trip wasn't as good as we wanted it to be," Joseph said.
"So playing New Jersey and playing at home, it was a good win for
Martin Brodeur made 15 saves for the reigning Stanley Cup
champions, who had won three straight. Erik Rasmussen and Turner
Stevenson scored for the Devils.
The Devils outshot Detroit in every period and had five more
power-play opportunities. But New Jersey was 0-for-7 on the power
play and Detroit scored both times it had an extra attacker.
"We traded chances and they capitalized on theirs and we
didn't," New Jersey coach Pat Burns said. "Either their penalty
killing was good, or our power play was no good."
New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner played for the Devils after
missing 28 games with a bruised knee.
Igor Larionov was cheered when he returned to the arena he used
to call home for five-plus seasons.
"It was a nice reception from the fans," said Larionov, who
left Detroit as a free agent last summer.
Larionov was disappointed to lose against his old team, but
pleased to see his former teammate surpass Lemieux.
"It was nice to see him to do that," Larionov said. "Stevie
has been one of the top players in the league for 20 years, he's a
good guy character-wise."
Rivers scored the first goal midway through the first period.
Rasmussen tied it at 13:48 of the second period, but a couple
minutes later, Schneider put Detroit ahead for good.
Hull scored his 18th goal in the final minute of the second, and
Draper scored his 20th goal for the first time in his 14-season
Yzerman is behind Marcel Dionne (1,771), Ron Francis
(1,778), Gordie Howe (1,850), Mark Messier (1,869) and Wayne
Gretzky (2,857) on the career points list. ... Schneider scored his
fifth goal in five games. ... Gaylord Day, the 20 millionth fan to
attend a Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena, was given an array of
prizes. He got a Detroit jersey -- which was signed by players after
the game -- and plane tickets, hotel accommodations and tickets for
a road game.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Blaine Angus, Mike Leggo Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Steve Miller
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jamie Rivers (2)
Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Igor Grigorenko
Erik Rasmussen (3)
Mathieu Schneider (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Brendan Shanahan, Tomas Holmstrom
Brett Hull (17)
Assists: Steve Thomas, Igor Grigorenko
Turner Stevenson (6)
Assists: Jeff Friesen, David Hale
Tomas Holmstrom (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Mathieu Schneider, Steve Yzerman