Red Wings hold off NHL-leading Ducks on Yzerman's night

DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Yzerman's jersey was hoisted to the rafters and the Detroit Red Wings pulled into a first-place tie with Nashville in the Central Division.

It was a good night in Hockeytown.

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Steve Yzerman
The Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman's uniform No. 19 before Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Ducks. Yzerman scored 1,755 points over 22 NHL seasons from 1983 to 2006, playing only for Detroit. That's not only the second-highest point total in Red Wings history, it's the second-highest total by any player for any team. Gordie Howe's total of 1,809 points for Detroit is the most scored by one player for any NHL team.

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Henrik Zetterberg scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Detroit held on for a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night after Yzerman's No. 19 jersey was retired.

"It certainly helped the festivities that we were able to get out of here with a win," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We started off sluggish because we were sitting around for more than an hour, but then we played well.

"I'm sure Steve was proud."

After a ceremony that lasted nearly 1 1/2 hours, Tomas Holmstrom kept the sold-out crowd happy with a power-play goal 1 minute into the second period. Ryan Getzlaf made it 1-all a couple of minutes later while the Ducks had a two-man advantage.

Anaheim's Ilja Bryzgalov made 28 saves, filling in for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has not played since injuring his groin last week. The Ducks have lost three straight.

"I didn't think we really played a complete 60 minutes," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We had a lapse in the second period that cost us."

Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who have won four in a row and are 14-3-3 at home.

"We are hot in our building, but you want to go on the road and win some games, also," Hasek said. "We've been stepping up the last month and we want to continue to do that on the road."

Yzerman retired last summer at age 41 after 22 seasons -- all in Detroit -- and stayed with the organization as a vice president.

He led the Red Wings to Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002. His career ended with 1,755 regular-season points, a total that led all active players last season and trails just five in NHL history.

His jersey became the sixth retired by the storied franchise and was put in the rafters alongside Gordie Howe's No. 9, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuck's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne couldn't resist watching some of the ceremony.

"You're not supposed to, but I did, especially when he came out with his family," Selanne said. "I kind of timed it that way.

"It was always great to play against him and watch him because he was a special player and a classy guy. One of my heroes and a great story. Hockey needs more guys like him."

The Red Wings wore a patch on their shoulders to commemorate the ceremony, then played just well enough to earn a victory.

"I don't think it was a highlight game, but we were able to find a way to win," coach Mike Babcock said.

Holmstrom scored the first goal by deflecting Mathieu Schneider's slap shot off a cross-ice pass from Jason Williams.

The Ducks had a pair of two-man advantages in the second period and took advantage of one of them with Getzlaf's 16th goal this season.

Zetterberg's 16th put the Red Wings ahead again after Mikael Samuelsson got to a loose puck and passed it to Holmstrom, who made a centering pass to Zetterberg.

Game notes
Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk (groin) was scratched and said he might miss another game. ... Red Wings D Chris Chelios (shin) was also scratched and will not join the team Wednesday when it travels to help matters at his bar in Detroit, where two employees were killed Tuesday morning. ... There was a moment of silence before the game to honor President Gerald Ford, who was raised in Grand Rapids and attended Michigan. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was at the game but did not speak to the crowd during the pregame ceremony. ... Scott Niedermayer and Andy McDonald had assists on Getzlaf's goal.