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Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, left, looks for the puck while being shadowed by St. Louis' Dallas Drake Wednesday during the Red Wings' win.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, left, looks for the puck while being shadowed by St. Louis’ Dallas Drake Wednesday during the Red Wings’ win.

Jerry S. Mendoza, Associated Press

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings overcame a slow start and got a break on the winning goal.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:55 remaining and Detroit rallied for a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Zetterberg got his 24th of the season when he put in the rebound of Andreas Lilja's shot just after Lilja had come out of the penalty box.

"Unfortunately for us, the guy steps out of the penalty box as soon as they start a rush," Blues goalie Curtis Sanford said. "And Zetterberg makes a great play to beat our defenseman."

Lilja came in off the left wing and took a shot that Sanford knocked away, but Zetterberg was there to slam the puck into the empty net.

"Andreas made pretty good shot," Zetterberg said. "I came around. He would have been mad at me if I had missed that one."

Mikael Samuelsson and Brendan Shanahan also scored for Detroit, and Manny Legace made 29 saves. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, playing in his first game after preseason knee surgery, had two assists.

Lee Stempniak and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis, and Sanford stopped 35 shots.

Shanahan's goal 8:10 into the third period tied the game at 2. His slap shot from just inside the blue line beat Sanford for his 24th goal.

Stempniak opened the scoring at 8:37, when he put in Dean McAmmond's rebound.

Tkachuk — playing for the first time since breaking his right hand Dec. 16 — made it 2-0 with 5:06 remaining in the opening period, poking in Peter Cajanek's shot after it had slithered through Legace's pads.

"You've got to give their guys credit," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "A bunch of young kids, you know they're going to work hard."

And Detroit didn't work nearly as hard,

"The whole team wasn't involved," Kronwall said. "The second period, there was more offense and we created more chances."

Samuelsson capitalized on one to put Detroit on the board 5:05 into the second period, when he tipped in a pass from Zetterberg to cut the Blues' lead to 2-1.

Detroit outshot St. Louis 18-7 in the period.

"We're up 2-0 and they play almost the entire second period in our end," Tkachuk said.

Note: Detroit D Chris Chelios was named captain of the U.S. Olympic Team on Wednesday.

DEVILS 5, SENATORS 3: At East Rutherford, N.J., Zach Parise, Grant Marshall and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals and the New Jersey Devils held off the Ottawa Senators to end a two-game losing streak. Sergei Brylin and Eric Rasmussen also scored for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur made 27 saves. Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley and Patrick Eaves scored for the Northeast Division-leading Senators, who lost their second straight game.

RANGERS 3, PENGUINS 1: At New York, Steve Rucchin turned Sidney Crosby's early turnover into a short-handed goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to lead the New York Rangers to another victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby, playing despite being bothered by flu-like symptoms, had his pass at the New York blue line intercepted by Rucchin, who skated in alone and scored on Marc-Andre Fleury just 4:05 into the game.

STARS 2, PREDATORS 1: At Dallas, Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist and Marty Turco made 23 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators for their sixth straight victory.