DETROIT (AP) -- Sergei Fedorov scored a goal in his return to Detroit, but
nothing else went right for the former Red Wings star.
Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and two assists, and the Red Wings spoiled
Fedorov's homecoming Wednesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty
After playing 13 seasons with the Red Wings, Fedorov signed a five-year,
$40-million contract with Anaheim in July. He was booed every time he touched
the puck, but there was a mixed reaction when he scored with 4:40 left in the
"It was a nice atmosphere," Fedorov said. "Too bad we couldn't have done
Fedorov was knocked out of part of the game after he was cut on the face
during the first period. He missed a portion of the first and second periods
while the wound was being repaired.
Detroit's Chris Chelios said Fedorov told him before the game that he
expected to be booed.
Mark Mowers, Brett Hull and Kirk Maltby each had a goal and an assist for
Detroit, and Jason Williams and Brendan Shanahan also scored.
Tony Martensson had the other Mighty Ducks goal.
"They just got better and better and faster and faster and we got slower
and slower," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said.
Hull's goal was the 729th of his career and moved him within two of Marcel
Dionne, third on the NHL's career list. Wayne Gretzky (894) is first and Gordie
Howe (801) is second.
Shanahan scored his 542nd career goal, snapping a tie with Stan Mikita and
Ron Francis and putting him alone in 20th place. Francis scored his 541st
earlier Wednesday night in Carolina's 2-1 loss to Nashville.
Shanahan talked about Fedorov's reception.
"Kind of just a fun thing that the fans will do to a former player," he
said. "Everybody in this arena realizes what he has done for this team."
Fedorov is fourth on Detroit's career point list with 954, trailing only
Howe, Steve Yzerman and Alex Delvecchio. He's also fourth in goals (400) and
assists (554) behind that trio and helped the Red Wings win three Stanley Cups.
"I never thought so many emotions were going to come down on me when I
first got to Joe Louis Arena," Fedorov said. "It was positive. It was
exciting to see old teammates and people who work in the building."
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Mowers opened the scoring 4:32 in when he tipped in a pass from Kris Draper.
Hull scored with 5:21 left in the period when his one-timed slap shot beat
Jean-Sebastien Giguere after Datsyuk won a faceoff deep in the Anaheim zone.
The Red Wings added four more goals in the second period as Maltby and
Williams scored 50 seconds apart. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was
pulled in favor of Martin Gerber after Williams' goal.
Datsyuk then scored with 6:45 left and again with 3:31 remaining.
Fedorov's goal was sandwiched between Datsyuk's pair. Fedorov beat Manny
Legace with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
"I've seen him score on that move so many times," Red Wings coach Dave
Lewis said. "Not a thing you can do about it. It's a world-class move."
Shanahan scored 1:53 into the third period. Martensson got his first NHL
goal at 8:13.