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Yzerman hits milestone as Red Wings top Ottawa

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DETROIT — There isn't much left for Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings to accomplish this season — other than winning the Stanley Cup.

Yzerman assisted on Mathieu Dandenault's game-winning goal 59 seconds into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

It marked the 1,000th assist of Yzerman's career, and the Detroit captain became just the ninth NHL player to reach that milestone.

"There's a lot of respect for the players that have achieved that," Yzerman said. "I look at it that I've played a long time on a good team with a lot of good players and it's slowly added up, so I don't really look at it as a real great achievement."

In the night's other game, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2.

While Yzerman may not be impressed, others certainly are.

"It's pretty amazing," Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson said. "He's one of the best two-way players. He puts the team first. To get 1,000 assists, you've got to read the play and be a good teammate. I think he's the perfect leader."

Dandenault is happy to be a part of history.

"I've been here for seven years and had so many historic goals to see," Dandenault said. "It's an amazing feeling, and for Stevie, it shows how he's been a top-notch player his whole career and why he's the leader of our team."

Ottawa goaltender Jani Hurme has always been an Yzerman fan.

"I remember when I was playing table hockey 10 years ago back home," Hurme said. "I imagined guys like Mario (Lemieux), (Brendan) Shanahan, Yzerman."

Rookie Pavel Datsyuk and Luc Robitaille, who Friday became the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, scored Detroit's other goals.

Martin Havlat scored both goals for Ottawa.

Unfortunately for Yzerman, he didn't get to celebrate his 1,000th assist with the home crowd, since he and most of his teammates had returned to the dressing room while the referees reviewed the play.

"Nobody expected him to celebrate here in the locker room," goaltender Dominik Hasek said. "We expected him to be on the bench and all the people cheer for him. But I think it's going to happen before or during the next game, because he really deserves it. One thousand assists is a great number, and I'm glad he reached it today."

Yzerman was more relieved than anything.

"I'd just as soon get it over with, because it's been a couple of games now," Yzerman said. "I was starting to look to pass sometimes when I should be shooting, so I'm just happy that it's over and done with."

BLACKHAWKS 3, STARS 2: Steve Sullivan scored the game-winner early in the third period and also had an assist as Chicago beat visiting Dallas.

Sullivan whipped Michael Nylander's centering feed past Stars goalie Ed Belfour at 1:19 of the third, just moments after Belfour stopped Nylander on a close-in chance.

Kyle Calder and Tony Amonte also scored for the Blackhawks, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).

Joe Nieuwendyk, playing his 1,000th NHL game, and Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas, which lost its second straight.

Jocelyn Thibault stopped 24 shots to win his 100th game as a member of the Blackhawks.