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Hossa's tally lifts Wings past Ducks

by Brian Compton / NHL.com
This was the 60-minute effort that Mike Babcock was preaching about.

The Detroit Red Wings coach watched his team dominate the Anaheim Ducks from start to finish on Monday night, even if there was no indication from the scoreboard. But Marian Hossa's goal at 1:48 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie, lifting the defending champions to a 2-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit outshot Anaheim 47-16, but Jean-Sebastien Giguere -- who was forced to leave after the second period due to dehydration -- made 37 saves to keep his team in the game. Jonas Hiller played the third and allowed Hossa's game-winning tally. With the loss, the Ducks had their 4-game winning streak snapped.

"He had 38 shots through two, and that's probably a night's work," said Babcock, who coached Giguere in Anaheim from 2002-04. "Hiller had been first and second star the last two nights."

Chris Kunitz scored Anaheim's lone goal, which came just 1:50 into the game on a wraparound. Chris Osgood rebounded from a couple of shaky starts and finished with 15 saves for his 372nd career victory.

"The first shot's in the net and it's here we go again," Babcock said. "I thought the guys just stuck with it and went after it and kept going. We know we've got a good hockey club here and we've got a lot of pride. We want to be known as a team that comes to work every night, and so that's the expectation."

Johan Franzen evened the score with his 11th goal of the season at 14:26 of the second period. On Detroit's 32nd shot of the game, Franzen was able to redirect Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point past Giguere to make it 1-1.

''It was good to get that first one past him,'' Franzen said. ''It usually takes a goal like that, a redirection, an ugly goal. He was playing real good.''

Giguere made it through the rest of the period, but the cramps he was suffering from was too much to overcome.

''Decided after two periods that he had seen enough rubber for one game and not take a chance,'' Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

The Wings were able to get to Hiller early in the third, as Hossa completed a 2-on-1 with Daniel Cleary with a shot from the right circle. It was Hossa's 14th goal of the season.

''Clears had the puck and I just tried to wait for him and I knew it was a matter of time when he was going to make the pass to me,'' Hossa said. ''Basically I just tried to shoot at the net, and I think it surprised the goalie by the five-hole.''

The Wings held Anaheim to just 6 shots on goal in the third period and hung on for the victory. Detroit is off until Thursday night, when it will host the Vancouver Canucks in the second of a 4-game homestand.

"We were really good," Babcock said. "We didn't give up very much at all. I thought Giguere was
outstanding for them, but I really thought we came at them wave after wave. When people ask who the hardest-working team in the League is, we want everyone to say us. I don't think for 60 minutes every night that it's been us, but tonight I thought we played 60 minutes and ended up getting a good win."
Osgood agreed.

"We don't panic at all," he said. "We felt pretty good coming into the game. We knew we'd play well tonight. It was probably our best effort this year so far. We just kept plugging away."
   
 
 
Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.




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