NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit |
(Friday, January 16th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Phoenix 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg scored with 1:44 left in
regulation to lift the Detroit Red Wings into a 3-3 tie with the Phoenix
Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.
Kris Draper and Chris Chelios also scored for the Red Wings, who have just one
win in their last four games (1-1-1-1). Curtis Joseph made 27 saves, including
12 in the third period, for Detroit.
Fredrik Sjostrom had a goal and an assist, and Brian Savage and Daymond
Langkow also tallied. Brian Boucher stopped 31 shots, including five in the
extra session for the Coyotes, who haven't won in four games (0-2-2).
However, the Coyotes are unbeaten in their last 10 games (5-0-5) as the
After a mad scramble in front, Pavel Datsyuk poked the puck toward the right
side of the net under a falling defenseman in the final two minutes of
regulation. Zetterberg collected the puck at the right side of the net,
brought it to the backhand and slid it inside the right post for the
"It squirted loose and that's unfortunate," said Coyotes head coach Bob
Francis. "You come into Detroit and you get a point...you can't argue with
that. Unfortunately, we had the lead and we let it get away."
Detroit had numerous scoring chances in overtime, but Boucher answered the
call every time.
"It was an exciting game," said Boucher. "But we didn't come here to put on a
show. We came here to get two points."
Phoenix got on the scoreboard first in the waning moments of the first period.
Savage continued his hot play with his 10th goal of the year, his third in
three games, with 28 seconds to play in the stanza. Savage skated into the
zone alone, fired on net, got his own rebound and scored inside the right
But Detroit would quickly tie it up in the second period, as Draper scored his
19th of the season just 30 seconds in. He deflected a Lidstrom slapshot from
the left point past Boucher to make it 1-1. The 19 goals is already a career-
high for the 13-year veteran, topping his previous best by four.
Steve Yzerman got the second assist on Draper's goal for his 1,700th career
The Red Wings took the lead just over three minutes later when Chelios, set up
at the right point, cranked a slapshot that stayed low to the ice. Boucher was
screened, and never really got a good look at the puck, and it went right
through the five-hole for the go-ahead goal.
Phoenix got it even again at 2-2 at the 9:28 mark on Langkow's goal. Cale
Hulse ripped a wrist shot from left point that Langkow deflected over Joseph's
glove for the goal.
The Coyotes took the lead less than two minutes later, when Mathieu Dandenault
lost the puck off shaft of his stick in his defensive zone. Sjostrom collected
the turnover, skated in alone and beat Joseph with a backhander to give
Phoenix the edge for the next seven minutes.
Detroit right wing Brett Hull has gone 18 games without a goal, marking the
longest drought in the future Hall-of-Famer's career...It was the first goal
in 12 games for Chelios, dating back to November 28...Detroit is 1-for-23 on
the power play in the last four games...The Red Wings are 12-1-2 in their
last 15 at home...Detroit has lost just once to Phoenix in the last 14
01/16 23:35:14 ET