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Hossa hot as Wings end slump

MARIAN Hossa scored the winning shootout goal after netting twice in regulation to help the Detroit Red Wings end a five-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory over the St Louis Blues on Monday in Michigan.

Hossa's decisive goal against Blues goalie Chris Mason came after both Detroit's Jiri Hudler and St Louis's Brad Boyes scored in the shootout.

We battled as hard as we could," Hossa said.

"Obviously some things did not work out as we liked, but the end result was we got two points. We finally broke up the losing streak and that's huge."

The right winger earlier scored twice in the second period of regulation, his first giving the Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 lead and his second edging them ahead again at 3-2 with his 26th tally of the season.

"The first one I surprised even myself," Hossa said.

"The second one I tried to shoot from behind the defenseman and it worked out well."

Barrett Jackman forced overtime with St Louis's third power-play goal of the game, 11:58 into the third period.

The goal followed game misconduct and boarding penalties against Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja for hitting the Blues' David Backes from behind.

T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund also had power-play scores for the Blues (20-24-5), who sit bottom of the Western Conference.

Kirk Maltby collected Detroit's opening goal 2:34 into the second period while Chris Osgood had 30 saves for the Central Division-leading Red Wings (32-11-7).

Mason made 13 saves for St Louis after replacing Manny Legace in the second period. Legace gave up all three of Detroit's goals in regulation on only eight shots.

In other games, it was: Avalanche 4, Flames 3; and Ducks 3, Sabres 2.

In Denver, Marek Svatos scored twice and Peter Budaj stopped 36 shots as Colorado edged Calgary to end a four-game slide.

Milan Hejduk and Ruslan Salei also scored for the Avalanche, who are 2-5 during a season-high eight-game homestand. It was the first multi-goal game of the season for Svatos, who also had an assist. Ryan Smyth added two assists.

Rene Bourque, Adrian Aucoin and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, whose three-game winning streak ended.

The Avalanche improved to 17-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period as Budaj preserved the win with numerous stops, including turning back two straight shots by Dion Phaneuf late in the game.

In Anaheim, California, Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry scored third-period goals as Anaheim held off Buffalo.

Kunitz scored on a power play early in the period and Perry gave the Ducks a two-goal lead on another man-advantage. Chris Pronger also scored for Anaheim.

Buffalo pulled within one when defenseman Craig Rivet scored his first of the season with 6:33 remaining, but Anaheim shut the Sabres out the rest of the way.


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