Marian Hossa had a three point night against his former team, the Atlanta Thrashers. While Henrik Zetterberg got Detroit on the board first, it was Hossa's dazzling stickwork on the Wings' second goal of the night that should make its way to a few highlight reels over the next 24 hours. Hossa describes the goal to FSN Detroit below:
I tried to fake a shot and the defenseman bite on it and I was surprised that Kari [Lehtonen] went out of the net a little far. I saw the open net.
And who was the defenseman who got owned by Hossa? None other than former Wing Mathieu Schneider. Hossa later scored on a one-timer from Niklas Kronwall's pass just 5:29 into the second period.
He then assisted on Dan Cleary's goal, an empty netter, with just 36 seconds remaining. While Hossa may have stolen the show with his ridiculously beautiful goal, Zetterberg had a solid outing scoring twice in the win including the game-winning goal. It marked his third goal in the two games since he returned from a groin injury.
Other Interesting Notes:
- Jim Slater scored the first goal of the game off of a Brett Lebda turnover. Slater is a Michigan native and played for Michigan State from 2001-05. Former Red Wing Jason Williams earned an assist on the goal.
- Brian Rafalski notched two assists tonight on Zetterberg's game-winning goal and Cleary's empty net goal extending the defenseman's point streak for another game. The Michigan native now has a goal and eight assists since the season opener on October 9th.
- Former Wing Mathieu Schneider called Detroit one of the best sports towns in the country.