Hossa lifts Wings again
Detroit trips Anaheim on his third-period goal
Marian Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Red Wings held on to beat the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, last night in Detroit.
Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit and Chris Osgood made 15 saves.
Chris Kunitz scored Anaheim's goal and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 37 shots before being removed after two periods. He has a history of groin injuries and was beginning to cramp up.
"Decided after two periods that he had seen enough rubber for one game and not take a chance," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
Hossa got the winner 1:48 into the third period when he beat Hiller from the right circle to convert a 2-on-1 pass from Dan Cleary. It was Hossa's 14th goal and the second straight Red Wings' win in which he broke a third-period tie.
Avalanche 6, Wild 5 - Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist, and low-scoring Colorado broke out for a win in St. Paul.
Marek Svatos, David Jones, T.J. Hensick, and Milan Hejduk also scored for Colorado, which entered the game as the second-lowest-scoring team in the Western Conference. The six goals were a season high for the Avalanche.
The Avalanche had a 20-6 advantage in shots midway through the second period and capitalized on several Wild turnovers and miscues to build an insurmountable lead.
"Worst two periods that I've seen," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.
Predators 2, Sabres 0 - Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his first career shutout, Jason Arnott snapped a tie in the third period, and visiting Nashville won for the third time in five games.
J.P. Dumont also scored and had an assist for the Predators.
Ryan Miller made 25 saves for the Sabres, who lost their second straight. Miller also had his three-game winning streak stopped.
Maple Leafs 3, Kings 1 - Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski scored power-play goals less than 1 1/2 minutes apart early in the third period and Vesa Toskala made 32 saves to lead visiting Toronto.
Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2 - Kristian Huselius scored off Rick Nash's blue-collar assist with 4:44 left and host Columbus gained its first win this season after giving up the first goal.
Columbus came in 0-6-3 when the opponent scored first, becoming the last team in the NHL to win after falling behind, 1-0.
Rookie Steve Mason improved to 6-2-1 in his first professional season, stopping 30 shots. Fredrik Modin and Andrew Murray added goals for Columbus.