DETROIT—Marian Hossa scored against the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since leaving them to sign with the Blackhawks.He was happier about the extra point it gave the defending champions.Hossa scored on a power play 51 seconds into overtime, lifting his team to a 3-2 road win on Monday night.The Blackhawks improved their precarious playoff positioning with their third win in four games. They began the night in eighth place, barely ahead of idle Calgary and Dallas and one point behind Anaheim, which hosted Colorado late Monday.Henrik Zetterberg was called for hooking Patrick Kane with 3.7 seconds left, putting the Hawks on the power play to begin the extra session. The Blackhawks took advantage on Hossa’s shot from the left circle off a pass from Kane.Zetterberg agreed with the call and thought it was a fitting end to Hossa’s night.The Blackhawks improved to 15-6-4 in March and February after barely being over .500 in each of the first four months of the season, giving their salary-cap depleted team a shot to defend the Stanley Cup when the playoffs start in two weeks.The Red Wings, meanwhile, are in a 1-2-2 slump that has trimmed their cushion to six points in the Central Division over Nashville with six games left for both teams.Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored in the first period to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead that held up until Danny Cleary was credited with a goal early in the third that was later given to Zetterberg, who scored the second tying goal of the game on a shot that went off Chris Campoli. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom made it 1-all in the first period and became the NHL’s first 40-year-old defenseman with 60 points in a season. He surpassed the mark set by Ray Bourque, who had 59 points as a 40-year-old defenseman during the 2000-01 season — his last — with the Colorado Avalanche.Corey Crawford made 33 saves for the Blackhawks.Detroit’s Joey MacDonald stopped 38 shots while starting in place of Jimmy Howard, who might play with his injured left shoulder Wednesday at home against the St. Louis Blues.Both teams were missing one of their leading scorers.Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was out for a fifth straight game with a lower body injury and Patrick Sharp for the third game in a row with an injured left knee that might keep him out for the rest of the regular season.The Red Wings had to play much of the night without Todd Bertuzzi, who was called for a 5-minute elbowing penalty and a game misconduct for hitting Ryan Johnson in the head 5:17 into the game.Johnson went down to his knees and gloves for a while before slowly getting up. He went off the ice and toward the dressing room, but played later in the first period.After being checked for a concussion, Johnson said he felt fine and wasn’t upset with Bertuzzi.After a scoreless second period, the Red Wings got some puck luck when Zetterberg’s shot got past Crawford 2:25 into the third…..Both teams had plenty of scoring chances the rest of the game, but Crawford and MacDonald held up for the rest of regulation.
NOTES—Hossa, in his second season with the Blackhawks after one year with the Red Wings, hadn’t scored against Detroit since his hat trick on Jan. 15, 2008, while playing for Atlanta…..The Hawks have won three of four against Detroit heading into their home-and-home series on April 8 and 10 that ends the regular season…..MacDonald was sent to the minors and recalled twice this month because Chris Osgood was unable to come back from hernia surgery…..The Blackhawks scratched Dave Bolland for the seventh straight game because of a concussion…..Detroit’s Johan Franzen returned to the lineup after missing four games with a groin injury and whiffed on two scoring chances on a sequence late in regulation.