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Draper, Dandenault out for a month

3/4/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings keep winning even as they
keep losing players.

Despite losing two players for at least a month in a span of
less than 12 hours, Detroit beat Calgary 2-1 Wednesday night behind
Manny Legace's 28 saves.

Center Kris Draper partially tore his rotator cuff when he
collided with goaltender Curtis Joseph during Wednesday's morning
skate. He is expected to miss a month.

Defenseman Mathieu Dandenault broke his right foot when he was
hit by a shot from Calgary's Robyn Regehr late in the first period.
Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said Dandenault will miss four to six
weeks.

The Red Wings already were without defensemen Derian Hatcher (knee), Chris Chelios (shoulder), Jason Woolley (back) and Niklas Kronwall (broken leg) because of injuries. At one point earlier in the season, 10 regulars were out at the same time with injuries.

"We've definitely overcome a lot," defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. "That makes us a better team."

Henrik Zetterberg and Mark Mowers, who replaced Draper in the
lineup, scored for Detroit.

Jarome Iginla had Calgary's goal, and Roman Turek made 20 saves.

One of Legace's biggest saves was a pad stop on Craig Conroy's
shot from the right faceoff circle a little over five minutes into
the third period.

"We did a lot of good things out there, but the opportunities
we had, we didn't finish them," said Calgary's Martin Gelinas.
"When we get those chances, we've got to finish as a team and
score the big goals."

Zetterberg broke a scoreless tie with a power-play goal in the
second period. He put in the rebound of a shot by Schneider 26
seconds after Calgary's Stephane Yelle was sent off for holding.

Mowers' goal came midway in the third period. After taking a pass from Kirk Maltby, Mowers put the puck around defenseman Jordan Leopold, picked it up, cut in off the left wing and put a backhander over Turek.

"It was just something that kind of happened," said Mowers.
"I had the D-man kind of vulnerable."

The match wasn't one of Detroit's best efforts this season.

"I don't think we played well," Lewis said. "But we found a
way to win the hockey game."

Iginla foiled Legace's shutout attempt with 4:59 remaining. He
gathered a loose puck at the top of the left circle, skated in and
beat Legace with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Flames dominated play in the first period, outshooting the
Red Wings 12-5.

"They just came out flying," Legace said. "A lot of young
guys who kept coming at you, all four lines."

Calgary coach Darryl Sutter was pleased with everything but the
result.

"We played really well," he said. "We had enough
opportunities to win the hockey game, put it that way."

Game notes
Flames C Steve Reinprecht didn't play (shoulder). ...
Zetterberg has six goals and nine assists in his last 14 games. ...
Iginla has four goals and an assist in his last three games.