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Hossa powers Red Wings past Thrashers

Oct 25, 2008 - 3:16 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Marian Hossa continues to have his way with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Slovakian recorded two goals and one assist against his former team as the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 5-3 triumph over the Thrashers on Friday.

Henrik Zetterberg also netted a pair of goals and Daniel Cleary added an empty-netter with 35 seconds remaining in the third period for Detroit, which improved to 5-0-1 in its last six contests.

Defenseman Brian Rafalski notched two assists and Chris Osgood made 30 saves for the Red Wings.

Jim Slater, defenseman Ron Hainsey and Brett Sterling scored and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 41 shots for Atlanta, which has won just once since recording a victory in its season-opening contest.

Hossa has 15 goals and seven assists in 20 career games against Atlanta, including a career-best four-goal performance on January 2, 2003 while with the Ottawa Senators.

The 28-year-old admitted he was excited to face the Thrashers, a team with which he played from 2005-08.

"Definitely, playing your former team and knowing a lot of guys on the team - you play with a little more jump," Hossa said. "Today, I felt good and we created a lot of chances. We played well until the end."

"He's a great player. Certainly the Atlanta people know that because he was here a couple of years," Thrashers first-year coach John Anderson said.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock agreed.

"I thought Hossa was absolutely fantastic. He was a little motivated and absolutely, he put on a great show," he said. "He's just a real strong guy, dynamic offensively and defensively. ... He, Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) and Hank are all great with or without the puck. That's what makes them all so usable."

With the game tied at 1-1 with 4:18 remaining in the first period, Hossa skated around former Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider and waited for Lehtonen to go down to the ice before tucking the puck just inside the right goalpost.

"A 1-on-1, I was a little too far out and couldn't recover," Lehtonen said. "It's just his skill. He made us look very bad on that play. He made a nice goal."

"It seemed every time (Hossa) got the puck in our zone, he created something toward the goal," Hainsey said.

Hossa doubled Detroit's advantage 5:29 into the second period and Zetterberg added his second tally of the night just 72 seconds later to open a 4-1 advantage.

Last postseason's Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Zetterberg opened the scoring just 2:12 into the contest with a power-play tally, marking the fifth consecutive game in which the Red Wings have recorded a goal with the man advantage.

"It's nice when you get the chance to put them away," Zetterberg said. "On the first one, I got a nice pass from (Jiri Hudler). I tried to pick my corner and hope that (Lehtonen) would miss."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATLANTA 1 0 2 3
    DETROIT 2 2 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) HENRIK ZETTERBERG 3 (JIRI HUDLER, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 2:12
    ATL - JIM SLATER 1 (JASON WILLIAMS) 14:35
    DET - MARIAN HOSSA 2 (TOMAS HOLMSTROM) 15:42
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 3 (NIKLAS KRONWALL, PAVEL DATSYU

    Oct 24 10:03 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    DETROIT 5
    3RD PRD: DET - (EN) DANIEL CLEARY 2 (MARIAN HOSSA, BRIAN RAFALSKI)
    19:24

    Thrashers 3, Red Wings 5  3rd - 0:36Oct 24 9:58 PM
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    ATLANTA 3
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: ATL - BRETT STERLING 1 (ERIK CHRISTENSEN, NICLAS HAVELID)
    16:11

    Thrashers 3, Red Wings 4  3rd - 3:49Oct 24 9:54 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) RON HAINSEY 2 (BRYAN LITTLE, TODD WHITE) 4:48
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Thrashers 2, Red Wings 4  3rd - 15:12Oct 24 9:34 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1
    DETROIT 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) HENRIK ZETTERBERG 3 (JIRI HUDLER, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 2:12
    ATL - JIM SLATER 1 (JASON WILLIAMS) 14:35
    DET - MARIAN HOSSA 2 (TOMAS HOLMSTROM) 15:42
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 3 (NIKLAS KRONWALL,

    Oct 24 9:08 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    DETROIT 4
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 4 (JOHAN FRANZEN, BRIAN RAFALSKI)
    6:41

    Thrashers 1, Red Wings 4  2nd - 13:19Oct 24 8:44 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    DETROIT 3
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 3 (NIKLAS KRONWALL, PAVEL DATSYUK) 5:29

    Thrashers 1, Red Wings 3  2nd - 14:31Oct 24 8:43 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    DETROIT 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) HENRIK ZETTERBERG 3 (JIRI HUDLER, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 2:12
    ATL - JIM SLATER 1 (JASON WILLIAMS) 14:35
    DET - MARIAN HOSSA 2 (UNASSISTED) 15:42
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    Oct 24 8:15 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    DETROIT 2
    1ST PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 2 (UNASSISTED) 15:42

    Thrashers 1, Red Wings 2  1st - 4:18Oct 24 8:09 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - JIM SLATER 1 (JASON WILLIAMS) 14:35

    Thrashers 1, Red Wings 1  1st - 5:25Oct 24 8:07 PM
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    ATLANTA 0
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) HENRIK ZETTERBERG 3 (JIRI HUDLER, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 2:12

    Thrashers 0, Red Wings 1  1st - 17:48Oct 24 7:43 PM