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Wings win fourth straight, end Ducks' three-game streak

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Osgood is getting accustomed to a new role
this season and Nicklas Lidstrom is just doing what he's done for
much of his career.

Osgood made 25 saves and Lidstrom had three assists to help the
Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 on Wednesday
night.

Henrik Zetterberg, Mathieu Schneider and Kris Draper scored for
the Red Wings, who have won four straight and six of seven. Osgood,
who has been Manny Legace's backup this season, got his second
straight win in his second consecutive start.

Osgood has been a No. 1 goaltender for most of his 13 NHL
seasons.

"This year I'm having to learn some different aspects of
goaltending," said Osgood, who has played 25 games this season.
"Just work hard and wait until you get a chance to play."

Lidstrom won three consecutive Norris Trophies from 2001-03 and
many feel he will receive the award that goes to the NHL's top
defenseman again this season. He now has 67 points (13 goals and 54
assists) in 64 games after collecting two goals and 14 assists for
16 points in his last eight games.

He complimented Osgood.

"The last two games, he's played strong," Lidstrom said. "He
looked confident in there."

Osgood said his toughest save came at the end of a power play
late in the second period. He didn't see a screened shot from the
point until the last split second and was able to deflect it over
the net with his stick.

Teemu Selanne scored for Anaheim, which had its three-game
winning streak snapped.

Zetterberg scored on the Red Wings' first shot just a minute
into the game, when he beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a low wrist
shot for his 34th goal.

Schneider made it 2-0 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 9:15,
converting a slap shot from the high slot. It gave him a
career-high 21 goals. The defenseman's previous high was 20 with
Montreal in 1993-94.

"We didn't want to get down two goals like that early in the
game," said Scott Niedermayer. "They came out ready to go and we
just weren't jumping like we needed to be. For us to compete with
them we need to be going as hard as we can."

Anaheim cut the lead in half with a power-play goal from Selanne
with 5:44 left in the opening period. The forward put in a
cross-crease pass from Neidermayer for his 29th goal.

"I thought we didn't play 60 minutes, we played about 50
minutes," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle.

Draper added an empty-net goal with 9.1 seconds left.

"We found a way to win without having our "A' game," said
Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

Game notes
Detroit captain Steve Yzerman played in his 1,500th game.
... Selanne stretched his point streak to six games (3-5-8). ...
Zetterberg has eight goals and three assists in his last seven
games. ... Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson missed his sixth game with
a wrist injury suffered with Sweden during the Olympics.