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January 10, 2002 - Draper's OT goal caps miracle rally
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Red Wings 5,Canucks 4

Draper's OT goal caps miracle rally
Wings overcome 4-1 third-period deficit vs. Canucks


By Ted Kulfan / The Detroit News


DETROIT -- As rallies go, the Red Wings have had few better. 


The Wings, trailing 4-1 in the third period, came back to defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-4, Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena. 

Kris Draper put in a rebound at 2:26
of overtime for the Wings, who had just missed on a power-play opportunity. They have won four straight overall and seven straight at Joe Louis Arena. 

"We finally started to take the game to them," Luc Robitaille said. 

Brendan Shanahan (power play) and Pavel Datsyuk scored in a 1:59 span of the third period to cut the Canucks' lead to 4-3. 

Shanahan got his 24th goal of the season at 2:44 of the third.


Datsyuk got his sixth, a dazzling end-to-end effort, at 4:34

"Pavel has been very effective since we've given him more (ice) time," Coach Scotty Bowman said. "He has responded very well." 

Datsyuk set up Brett Hull for the tying goal at 13:30. It was Hull's 13th. 

The third-period rally was in stark contrast to a miserable first period in which the Wings fell behind 3-0 and were outshot 16-6. 

The rally wasn't the only memorable moment for the Wings. 

Robitaille's second-period goal was the 610th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Bobby Hull for the NHL record for most by a left wing. 

"It's something I will cherish once my career is over," Robitaille said. "It's just a real honor." 

Markus Naslund, Brent Sopel (power play), Todd Bertuzzi and Andrew Cassels scored for the Canucks, who appeared to be headed to a surprising victory. 

"They fired everything they had at us late in the game," Canucks forward Trevor Linden said. 

The Wings outshot the Canucks 42-14 after the first period and 48-30 for the game. 

"You're always fearful that a team can shut you down after taking a lead like that," Coach Scotty Bowman said. "We were fortunate."