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Healthy Zetterberg scores in overtime to lift ailing Wings

©Associated Press
December 9, 2002

DETROIT -- The Red Wings are fortunate that Henrik Zetterberg skipped the airplane meal.

With many of his teammates fighting food poisoning, Zetterberg one-timed a pass from Jason Woolley past St. Louis goaltender Fred Brathwaite from the bottom of the right circle 1:59 into overtime, giving Detroit a 4-3 victory over the Blues Sunday night in a matchup of the Central Division's top teams.

"I just had fruit," Zetterberg said. "I was lucky, I wasn't hungry."

Many of the other Red Wings weren't so lucky, including Igor Larionov and Tomas Holmstrom, who missed the game.

Peter Cajanek's goal with 2:12 left in the third period tied it at 3 for St. Louis.

The Red Wings took a two-point lead in the division over the Blues.

BRUINS 4, RANGERS 1: Bryan Berard and Joe Thornton scored goals late in the second period, leading host Boston. Ivan Huml and Marty McInnis added third-period goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, who won for the seventh time in eight games. John Grahame made 23 saves to improve to 9-2-1. Mark Messier was credited with the only goal for the Rangers, who have lost three straight. Rangers star Pavel Bure will have arthroscopic surgery this week to determine the extent of the injury to his left knee. The 31-year-old right wing does not know how long he will be out. The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Bure has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

OILERS 3, THRASHERS 0: Tommy Salo stopped 15 shots for his third shutout in 10 games and visiting Edmonton continued its stifling defensive play. Jiri Dopita, Ethan Moreau and Anson Carter scored for the Oilers, who improved to 10-2-1 in their past 13 games.

DUCKS 3, PREDATORS 0: Fredrik Olausson and Petr Sykora had power-play goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere posted his 10th career shutout for host Anaheim.

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