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Lang Assists 3 in Debut With NHL Red Wings - 2004-03-01

Newly acquired center Robert Lang had three assists in his debut with Detroit Sunday to help the Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, and become the top team in the National Hockey League.

The 33-year-old Lang made an impression in his first game with host Detroit, just two days after he was traded from Washington. The Czech native scored three points for the Wings; he also increased his points total for the season to 77, and took over the league lead.

In Atlanta, the Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup after sitting out one game on the bench. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 defeat of the New York Rangers. The 20-year-old Russian, who had been benched for missing a team meeting, leads the NHL with 35 goals.

The Dallas Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Edmonton Oilers in overtime, 5-4. Veteran Bill Guerin's second goal of the night ended the game 55 seconds into the extra session. Dallas extended its unbeaten streak at home to 11 games.

In other NHL action Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New York Islanders in overtime, 3-2; the Chicago Blackhawks tied the Florida Panthers, 2-2; and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 6-3. Also, the San Jose Sharks shut out the St. Louis Blues, 1-0; the Carolina Hurricanes tied the Minnesota Wild, 3-3; and the Calgary Flames scored three goals in the first period to beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP.