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Detroit 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Dec. 8, 2002 at 10:39 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Rookie Henrik Zetterberg scored 1:59 into overtime Sunday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a wild 4-3 victory over the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues.

Defenseman Chris Chelios had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4


1) and their lead over St. Louis atop the Central to three points.

The game was tied at 2-2 late in regulation before the teams traded crazy goals to send the game to overtime.

Chelios broke the tie at 17:08 when his slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle near the boards hit the stick of Blues defenseman Christian Laflamme and dipped between goaltender Fred Brathwaite's legs.

It was the second goal of the season for Chelios, who had gone nine games without a point, the second-longest drought of his illustrious career.

Just 40 seconds later, rookie Petr Cajanek tied it at 3-3. His shot from the point was headed wide of the left goalpost, but goaltender Curtis Joseph redirected the puck into his own net with his stick as he tried to push it to the corner.

Cory Stillman put Detroit on the power play when he was called for elbowing with four seconds left in regulation. Zetterberg scored three seconds after the man advantage expired, one-timing Jason Woolley's diagonal feed past Brathwaite.

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