Hossa helps Red Wings edge Rangers in overtime

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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Marian Hossa made his 300th career goal a

memorable one.

Hossa scored 23 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red

Wings to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday

night.

Former Ranger Mikael Samuelsson netted a goal and set up two

others and Valtteri Filppula added two assists for the Red

Wings, who have gone 3-0-1 since dropping their season opener.

Aaron Voros scored two goals while Scott Gomez and Brandon

Dubinsky each registered two assists for New York, which

surrendered 45 shots to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

From behind the net, Pavel Datsyuk delivered a centering pass to

Hossa, who unleashed a quick one-timer past goaltender Henrik

Lundqvist for his 300th NHL goal - and first as a Red Wing.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Hossa said. "The 300th,

the first goal as a Red Wing and the game-winner in overtime.

"It's always good to score the first one when you come to the

new environment. Our line was creating a lot of chances the

first four games, and tonight also. Now that I've got the first

one behind me, maybe they'll come in bunches."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock was pleased to see Hossa break the

ice.

"It's good to see Hossa get the monkey off his back. He's had

so many opportunities," Babcock said. "He walked right down the

pipe again tonight. (Datsyuk) just laid it in the space behind

their D and he was able to find Hoss coming in. It was a real

good shot."

Despite switching conferences this offseason, Hossa still is

doing his part to hurt the Rangers. As a member of the

Pittsburgh Penguins, Hossa ended New York's season with an

overtime game-winner in Game Five of the Eastern Conference

semifinals last campaign.

The Rangers opened the door for Hossa and the Red Wings with a

foolish penalty. With New York holding a 4-3 advantage, it was

called for having too many men on the ice, and Jiri Hudler

evened the contest on the ensuing power play with his first goal

of the season.

"(Defenseman Niklas Kronwall) took a one-timer and it came right

back to me," Hudler said. "I thought, at first, Lundqvist had

it."

Samuelsson, Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom scored to provide

the Red Wings with a 3-1 lead, but the Rangers rallied back

behind Voros, who netted a pair of goals in the first four

minutes of the third period - including the go-ahead tally from

behind the net.

Ryan Callahan and Nigel Dawes also scored for New York.

Chris Osgood made 28 saves for Detroit, while Lundqvist turned

aside 40 shots.

"Tough way to end a game," Lundqvist said. "It was

disappointing. It felt like we had it. Even with their

chances, it felt like we outplayed them."

"It's hockey. We've got 82 of these," Gomez said. "Weird

things are going to happen. It's a long season."

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