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Wings get backhanded complement

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Associated Press / December 18, 2007

Pavel Datsyuk changed his shootout technique, and Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler followed his lead.

Each scored in the shootout to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals last night in Detroit. All three used the same move, a fake and a backhand shot to beat Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig in the shootout.

Datsyuk has a dazzling array of moves on shootouts and breakaways, but was stopped by Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun on a penalty shot Saturday night.

"I tried to do it a bit easier," said Datsyuk. "Went to the backhand."

Tomas Holmstrom had two goals, Zetterberg a goal and an assist, and Datsyuk three assists in regulation for NHL-leading Detroit. Dominik Hasek made 27 saves. Alexander Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz, and Alexander Semin, who also had a shootout goal, scored for Washington. Kolzig stopped 27 shots.

Hasek stopped Ovechkin, who skated in alone, 3:27 into overtime.

Semin's power-play goal tied the game at 3-3 with 1:34 left in the third period. Datsyuk was in the penalty box for delay of game after he accidentally cleared the puck over the glass in his zone with 2:54 left.

It looked as if Holmstrom, who returned after missing two games with a sore knee, would be the hero when he tipped in Datsyuk's pass from the bottom of the left circle for his 16th goal to give Detroit a 3-2 lead with 4:43 left.

Avalanche 4, Kings 2 - Ryan Smyth and Jaroslav Hlinka scored 62 seconds apart early in the first period against Jason LaBarbera in the goalie's first game after missing eight with a rib injury, and visiting Colorado handed Los Angeles its fourth straight loss.

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