Red Wings Soar Over Ducks

Vyacheslav Kozlov shot his way out of a scoring slump.

Kozlov scored twice in a 3:36 span of the second period and the Detroit Red Wings were 3-for-5 on the power play in a 6-3 victory over Anaheim on Monday night.

"That was great for Kozlov," said linemate Igor Larionov, who had four assists. "Everybody has ups and downs, but tonight he had two big goals. I hope it helps his confidence."

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  • Kozlov had only three goals all season before Monday.

    "He doesn't need confidence as much as he needs to shoot the puck," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said.

    Kozlov broke a 2-2 tie 9:58 into the second period as the teams skated 4-on-4. He took a pass from Steve Yzerman and lifted a shot over goalie Dominic Roussel's glove.

    Kozlov made it 4-2 on a 3-on-1 break with Martin Lapointe and Tomas Holmstrom, squeezing a tough-angle shot between Roussel and the goal post at 13:34.

    "That was a very tough angle," Bowman said. "But he put it top shelf."

    Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and two assists, and Brendan Shanahan, Larry Murphy and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Red Wings. Yzerman, two shy of 600 career goals, added an assist.

    Ted onato, Paul Kariya and Jeff Nielsen scored for Anaheim. Mighty Ducks star Teemu Selanne missed the game because of a groin injury.

    Nielsen brought the Mighty Ducks within one when he lifted a shot over fallen goalie Chris Osgood 1:34 into the third.

    But Lidstrom and Lapointe scored power-play goals 53 seconds apart to break the game open against Anaheim's 28th-ranked penalty killing unit.

    "If we don't give up those goals, we're in the game," Mighty Ducks coach Craig Hartsburg said. "The penalty killing has to improve. It really can't get any lower than it is now. I guess if there are any positives, it's that it has to get better."

    "It seems like we're the cure for everybody's power play right now. We have to fix that."

    Detroit was skating 5-on-3 when Lidstrom blasted a slap shot past Roussel at 4:03. Lapointe worked himself free near the crease and scored on a pass from Kozlov at 4:58.

    Both goals occurred as Steve Rucchin was serving a double-minor for high-sticking Tomas Holmstrom.

    "I could've scored 10 goals tonight and it wouldn't have mattered taking that penalty," Rucchin said. "It was being aggressive. I was trying to hook his stick when he was shooting the puck and I just rode up his stick and got him in the face."

    "It cost our team the game."

    Osgood made 16 saves, and Roussel stopped 21 shots.

    The Red Wings lost Kris Draper and Sergei Fedorov to injuries during the game.

    Draper had to be helped off the ice in the first period when he was accidentally hit in the face by Kariya's stick.

    Fedorov injured his right leg during the second period when he was checked hard into the boards by Stu Grimson.

    "Sergei said he couldn't get his leg out of the way," Bowman said. "You're going to have collisions. I don't think (Grimson) stuck his leg out. It wasn't a vicious check."

    Shanahan opened the scoring 4:20 into the first period, and Donato countered at 10:49.

    Kariya put Anaheim ahead with his ninth goal just 25 seconds into the second period. Murphy tied it 54 seconds later with a power-play goal.

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