Atlanta at Detroit

Hossa nets two goals to spark Red Wings past Thrashers


DETROIT -- It's just something about these Detroit-Atlanta games that get Marian Hossa going.

Hossa had two goals and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg also scored twice and the Red Wings beat the Thrashers 5-3 on Friday night.

Dan Cleary also scored and Chris Osgood made 30 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their third straight.

The last time the two teams met was Jan. 15, and Hossa -- playing for the Thrashers -- had a hat trick in Atlanta's 5-1 win at Joe Louis Arena.

"Playing your former team and knowing a lot of guys on the team, you play with a little more jump," he said. "Today, I felt good and we created a lot of chances. We played well until the end."

Hossa was dealt to Pittsburgh at last season's trade deadline and helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to Detroit. The Red Wings then signed Hossa to a one-year $7.45 million free agent contract.

Jim Slater, Ron Hainsey and Brett Sterling scored for Atlanta and Kari Lehtonen stopped 41 shots.

"It seemed every time he got the puck in our zone, he created something toward the goal," Hainsey said about Hossa.

Hossa gave Detroit a 2-1 lead for good with his first goal. He picked up a loose puck just inside the Atlanta blue line, cut in off the left wing, used a fake and a toe drag while cutting across the slot on defenseman Mathieu Schneider, a former Red Wing, and goalie Kari Lehtonen and put the puck into the empty net.

"He made us look very bad on that play," Lehtonen said.

Hossa talked about the goal.

"I tried to take a shot and the defenseman bit on it," he said. "I was surprised that Kari went out of the net a little far. I saw the open net."

Hossa's third goal of the season made it 3-1, 5:29 into the second period on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle after a give-and-go with defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

"We used to see that with him, so it's good to see him doing it for us," Zetterberg said. "He's had a lot of games where he's scored more than one goal. We're sure glad to have him with us."

Zetterberg got his second goal of the night and fourth of the season just 1:12 later on a rebound.

Hainsey scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal 4:48 into the third period, when he beat Osgood with a one-time slap shot from the top of the left circle for his second goal.

Sterling pulled Atlanta to within one with 3:49 left in the third period when his shot from the slot got through Osgood.

Daniel Cleary added an empty-netter with 35 seconds left.

Zetterberg's power-play goal gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 2:12 into the game.

Slater tied it with 5:25 left in the opening period when he put in a rebound after a turnover in his own zone by Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda.


  • Atlanta RW Jason Williams is also a former Red Wing.
  • Slater was born in Lapeer, Mich., and played at Michigan State.
  • Thrashers C Marty Reasoner limped off the ice and went to the locker room after blocking a shot early in the second period. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
  • Detroit D Brian Rafalski has two assists to extend his point streak to start the season to seven games (a goal and eight assists).
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Marian Hossa certainly enjoys these Red Wings-Thrashers games as he scores twice.  (Getty Images)
Marian Hossa certainly enjoys these Red Wings-Thrashers games as he scores twice. (Getty Images)
Atlanta (2-3-2)1023
Detroit  (5-1-1) «2215
Three Stars
M. Hossa

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Osgood

Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .909

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Scoring Summary
02:12Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hudler, Samuelsson
14:35Jim Slater (1), Tip-In. Assist: Williams
15:42Marian Hossa (2), Wrap Shot. Assist: Holmstrom
05:29Power Play - Marian Hossa (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kronwall, Datsyuk
06:41Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (4), Tip-In. Assist: Franzen, Rafalski
04:48Power Play - Ron Hainsey (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Little, White
16:11Brett Sterling (1), Tip-In. Assist: Christensen, Armstrong
19:24Daniel Cleary (2), Empty Net. Assist: Rafalski, Hossa
Penalty Summary
23.0Armstrong, 2 min, Holding
05:41Kronwall, 2 min, Interference
10:40Hossa, 2 min, Holding the Stick
01:35Enstrom, 2 min, Hooking
10:48Zetterberg, 2 min, Hooking
02:49Draper, 2 min, Hooking
04:29Franzen, 2 min, Hooking
04:56Stuart, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
06:58Armstrong, 2 min, Tripping
08:37Samuelsson, 2 min, Interference
19:50Exelby, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Kari Lehtonen59:30574
Chris Osgood60:00303
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
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Referees - Don Van Massenhoven, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer
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