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12/12/2006 10:15:34 AM

Goaltender Dominik Hasek faces his short-lived former team tonight when the Detroit Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena.

After an injury-shortened season that saw him post a 28-10-4 record last season, the Senators chose not to re-sign Hasek over the summer. The six-time Vezina Trophy winner suffered a groin injury at the Torino Olympics and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

"I was very disappointed, but there's no bitterness," Hasek said. "They decided to go in a different direction."

Hasek eventually signed with the Wings - his third stint with the club - and leads the league with a 1.84 goals-against average. He has allowed only eight goals in his last six games.

Detroit's power play has come alive just in time for a matchup with Ottawa. The Wings (17-7-4) beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday, its fifth win in six games. The Red Wings scored a season-high five goals with the man advantage and have 10 power-play goals in their last five contests.

Samuelsson also scored twice on the power play for Detroit, which has converted just 14.7 percent of its power play chances this season, ranking near the bottom of the league.

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