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Zidlicky scores in OT to lift Red Wings past Rangers

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Newcomer Marek Zidlicky scored 1:09 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Zidlicky, who was acquired in a trade from the New Jersey Devils on Monday, jammed in a shot that rolled over goalie Cam Talbot's back and into the net with Detroit on a 4-on-3 power play. It was his fifth goal.

"Can't be a better feeling, especially to score in my first game here," Zidlicky said. "It was a good win."

Zidlicky is the first player to score an overtime winner in his Red Wings debut since the NHL adopted the five-minute extra period in 1983-84, according to Elias Sports Bureau. No player had done it since David Tanabe for the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 10, 2003.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 39 saves.

"They threw a lot at the net," he said. "Coming into tonight I knew I was going to be busy."

Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit (36-15-11), and captain Henrik Zetterberg had two assists in his return to the lineup after missing four games because of a head injury.

It was Detroit's first home game since. Feb. 16. The Red Wings went 4-1-1 on their Western Conference road trip.

"We looked like we'd been on a long road trip and came out looking like we were wearing snowshoes. We turned the puck over a lot," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "[Howard] was great tonight.

"It's nice to win a game when you don't play well. Our goalie gave us that chance tonight."

Dan Girardi scored for New York (39-17-7). Talbot made 29 saves.

"I liked the way we played, especially in the second period," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Unfortunately, we got a penalty late, and they were able to score in overtime."

Zidlicky's overtime winner came with New York center Derek Stepan in the penalty box for holding.

"It's hockey," Vigneault said of the penalty call. "Just try to kill it and get it done."

The Red Wings are a point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division.

"It's very tight," Howard said. "Everyone is playing for position if they're in the playoffs, and other teams are trying to get in."

The Rangers moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division. They and the New York Islanders each have 85 points, but the Rangers have two games in hand and more regulation and overtime wins (36-34).

"We found a way to get a point," Stepan said. "Dan Girardi found a way to make two big blocks in the last 40 seconds, and Cam made a great save late."

Talbot made a glove save on Niklas Kronwall's shot from the high slot with 10.4 seconds left in the third. He stopped a deflection off Girardi's stick with 3:43 remaining after Pavel Datsyuk cut in off the right wing and attempted a backhand pass to Tomas Jurco, who was on the 2-on-1 rush with Datsyuk.

Howard denied Rick Nash from the right circle on a 2-on-1 rush with 7:50 remaining in the second period. He stopped Mats Zuccarello's tip attempt a little more than five minutes into the second period.

Talbot made a nice save on Jurco's shot from the slot 3:10 into the second.

New York outshot Detroit 16-7 in the second period.

Abdelkader opened the scoring 6:12 into the game when he deflected Zetterberg's no-look backhand pass from Talbot's left into an open net. The goal was upheld after video review showed the puck deflected in off of Abdelkader's skate and stick.

It was Abdelkader's 14th goal.

Girardi's power-play goal tied it 1-1 with 2:58 left in the first period. The defenseman dove to knock in a loose puck in the crease for his third goal.

Girardi's goal came with Zidlicky in the penalty box for holding.

Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle played his 1,000th NHL game.

It was defenseman Keith Yandle's second game with New York after coming from the Arizona Coyotes in a trade Sunday.

"I think we played a pretty good game. They got a lucky bounce at the end," Yandle said. "I think we played pretty well. You're going to have some missed shots."

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