Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THRASHERS HANDLED, 7-1 Yzerman Nets First as Red Wings Roll

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THRASHERS HANDLED, 7-1 Yzerman Nets First as Red Wings Roll

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ATLANTA --- Steve Yzerman scored his first goal of the season to ignite a three-goal first period last night and the Detroit Red Wings went on to a 7-1 victory over the expansion Atlanta Thrashers.

It was the second NHL game for the Thrashers, who lost in their debut on Saturday 4-1 to New Jersey at Philips Arena.

Yzerman also had a pair of assists as the Red Wings won for the second time in three starts.

In the opening period, Yzerman scored Detroit's first goal and got an assist on the second one by Igor Larionov. Vyacheslav Kozlov scored the third goal with Larionov getting an assist on that one.

The Thrashers averted a shutout when Petr Buzek beat Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood on a 30-foot slap shot 2:23 into the final period.

The Red Wings, however, broke it open by scoring three goals in 3:33 for a 6-1 lead in front of a sellout crowd of 18,535. Steve Duchesne scored at the 5:23 mark, Yzerman assisting.

Sergei Fedorov followed with another goal only 56 seconds later for a 5-1 lead. …

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