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NHL's Red Wings edge Canucks to regain top spot

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Red Wings edged the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday to pick up their first win in three games on the way to regaining top spot in the Western Conference.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the winner with his second goal of the game, an angled snapshot that beat Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo on the short side.

"It was nice to do that, see a change-up go in," Zetterberg told reporters. "It wasn't the hardest shot but it found a way home."

The victory lifted the Red Wings one point clear of the Dallas Stars at the top of the Western Conference and ended a four-game winning streak for the Canucks.

"You look at the standings, everything's gotten pretty condensed here, so every point matters right now," Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. "We battled hard, we never gave up. We wanted to win this game. It was a great win."

Zetterberg sparked the Red Wings, who overcame one-goal deficits twice in the third period. He leveled the score at 3-3 with a backhand shot before setting up Nicklas Lidstrom's tying goal with 3:54 remaining to force overtime.

Power-play goals by twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, both set up by Ryan Kesler, drew the Canucks level in the second period and former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson's goal in the final minute of the period gave Vancouver their first lead.

Following Zetterberg's first goal early in the third period Jeff Tambellini again gave the Canucks a lead with 7:50 remaining.

Dan Cleary opened the scoring for Detroit in the first period and Valtteri Filppula scored in the second period.

Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk fell awkwardly late in the first period and suffered a broken right hand. The injury does not require surgery but Datsyuk will wear a cast and miss four weeks.

"It's unfortunate, there's nothing we can do about it. We got to find a way to dig in, just like we did tonight to get the game done," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said.

"More opportunity for someone else. We know Pav's a good player and we know he's coming back. He gets a little bit of vacation so he's ready for the playoffs."

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien)

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