NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit|
(Wednesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, St. Louis 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal
with 6:49 to play in the third period, and the surging Detroit Red Wings
delivered a potential crushing blow to St. Louis' playoff hopes with a 4-2 win
at Joe Louis Arena.
Filppula added an empty-netter in the waning moments to seal Detroit's sixth
win in its last seven games. The Red Wings are 9-2-1 since the Olympic break.
Henrik Zetterberg joined Todd Bertuzzi with a goal and an assist for the Red
Wings, who hold a four-point lead over Calgary for the final playoff spot in
the Western Conference. Detroit is also two points behind both Nashville and
"Tonight was probably the toughest game for us in a while," said Detroit head
coach Mike Babcock. "We didn't have much energy, mentally or physically. I was
impressed by how the guys found a way to win."
Jimmy Howard, a Calder Trophy candidate as the league's top rookie, made 30
saves to notch his 30th win of the season.
Paul Kariya and Jay McClement provided the offense for the Blues, who are 10
points behind Detroit with nine games remaining.
"I thought we were the better team tonight, but they play hard and do the
little things that takes to win," said St. Louis forward David Backes.
Ty Conklin allowed three goals on 23 shots to take the loss.
After McClement snapped a shot over the glove of Howard, tying the game two
minutes into the third, the Red Wings regained the lead on a fluky goal.
Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski skated with the puck to center ice before
flipping a shot on goal. Conklin mismanaged the puck and Filppula was able to
deposit the rebound into an open cage.
St. Louis drew first blood when Kariya used his speed to split the defense and
fired a wrister through Howard's pads at 5:39 of the first period.
The Red Wings tied the game 26 seconds into the middle stanza on a dazzling
goal by Zetterberg. The talented Swede cut down the slot and, with one hand on
his stick, propelled a backhander that slithered between the legs of Conklin
and across the goal line.
Detroit led 2-1 after Zetterberg let go a shot from outside the crease which
deflected off the right leg of Bertuzzi at 4:35 of the second period.
St. Louis was 0-for-3 with the man-advantage...Detroit has killed 28
consecutive opponent power plays...Rafalski collected two assists...The Blues
finished 4-1-1 against Detroit this season.
03/25 00:34:15 ET