Detroit 4, St. Louis 2

March 22, 2003 at 6:03 PM
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ST. LOUIS, March 22 (UPI) -- Igor Larionov set up Nicklas Lidstrom for a tie-breaking goal with 8:32 left in the third period Saturday and Steve Yzerman iced the game with an empty-net tally as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-2.

After Detroit surrendered a two-goal lead in the opening 5 1/2 minutes of the third period, Lidstrom stepped up at an opportune time. With Larionov looking to make pass, Lidstom pinched in between the circle and banged his stick to the ice.

Larionov found the Red Wings' defenseman and Lidstrom took one stride toward Chris Osgood before ripping a wrist shot just under his right arm for the go-ahead goal. It was Lidstrom's 17th goal of the season and extended his points streak to six games.

Yzerman scored his first goal since having his right knee operated on during the offseason, wristing the puck into an empty net with 46 seconds to go.

Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider scored first-period goals for Detroit, which has won 14 of its last 15 games.

Doug Weight and Eric Boguniecki tallied just over three minutes apart early in the third period for St. Louis.

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