DETROIT (AP) -- Brett Hull did his talking with his stick and was nearly
Hull moved into third place on the NHL career goal list by scoring 1:51 into
overtime Monday night of the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Los
His 732nd goal snapped a tie with Marcel Dionne and moved the Red Wings
forward behind only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). Hull, who also
had an assist, one-timed a shot from the bottom of the left circle to give him
a goal in his seventh straight game.
"Just to be there behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe, I can't put it into
words," Hull said. "One guy is known as the greatest player ever and the
other guy in known as Mr. Hockey."
Howe, who played with Detroit from 1946-47 until 1970-71 was at the game and
congratulated Hull after the game.
"The only guy who could have affected me more by talking to me is my dad,"
Hull said of his father, Hall of Famer Bobby Hull. "I can't describe the goose
bumps. I'm flabbergasted."
Howe showed admiration for Brett Hull's game.
"He's smart as hell. Why waste energy when you don't have to?" he said.
"He knows the game. I've never seen a guy who can find holes like him."
Dionne played the first four seasons of his career with Detroit from 1971-72
until 1974-75 before playing the bulk of it with Los Angeles.
"If you had to lose the game tonight and to have somebody score the winning
goal in overtime and he's playing the Los Angeles Kings and Marcel Dionne
played there all those years," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Is that a sense
of the dramatic or not?"
Los Angeles rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit on goals by Mike
Cammalleri and Martin Straka to force overtime.
Straka tied it at 2 with 2:10 remaining after a turnover by Steve Thomas
along the boards. Straka beat Dominik Hasek between the pads with a shot from
the bottom of the right circle.
Cammalleri brought Los Angeles within 2-1 when he scored with 9:06
"We may have sat back a little bit," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.
Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk had the other Detroit goals.
Shanahan's goal was his 544th, tying him for 19th place with Hall of Famer
Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios left the game early in the second period
with a leg injury. He collided with Cammalleri late in the first period and
went down holding his right knee. He returned for the first shift of the second
period, but went to the locker room after that.
Lewis said Chelios would have a MRI taken on Tuesday.
Shanahan opened the scoring 2:27 in when his wrist shot from the bottom of
the left circle beat Roman Cechmanek, who was deep in his crease. Datsyuk's
power-play goal at 6:25 made it 2-0. He put a cross-ice pass from Hull into the
open side of the net from the bottom of the right circle.
"We're not happy with the way we played in the first period," Kings
forward Luc Robitaille said. "The Wings play that puck possession and you have
to be patient. It's a big point for us."