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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit



(Wednesday, October 11th)

Final Score: Detroit 9, Phoenix 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Mathieu Schneider led Detroit's offensive explosion, recording a hat trick as the Red Wings routed Phoenix, 9-2, at Joe Louis Arena.

Mikael Samuelsson scored two goals while Pavel Datsyuk tallied a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have won two in a row after losing their season- opener.

"It was a good night all for us around," said Schneider. "I thought we did a lot of great things."

Dominik Hasek made 19 saves to pick up his 326th career victory and pass Detroit's backup goaltender Chris Osgood for fourth place on the active win list for goaltenders.

Mike Comrie and Ed Jovanovski each scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped three in a row after winning their season-opener.

"It wasn't much fun out there, there?s no question about that," said Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky. "They basically embarrassed us as a team. I don't think that our team can get much lower than this. They just dominated us in every aspect of the game and they decisively beat us."

Curtis Joseph had a rough outing, giving up seven goals on 29 shots through just two periods of action.

The Red Wings took advantage of a Nick Boynton tripping penalty to grab a 1-0 lead in the first period. With Detroit on the man advantage, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the point on which Joseph was able to make a pad save. However, the rebound bounced out in the slot and Datsyuk tapped the puck to Henrik Zetterberg, who scored on a wide open net to score the first goal of the game just 5:26 into the opening period.

The goal was Detroit's first power-play tally of the season. The Red Wings had begun the season 0-for-11 with the man advantage.

Just 46 seconds later, Comrie slipped a slot past Hasek to even the score for the Coyotes, but Joseph let in a weak goal with 6:12 left in the first period as Detroit regained the lead.

Schneider skated the puck into Phoenix's zone along the right boards and fired a back-handed shot next that slipped through Joseph's legs to make it 2-1 score in favor of Detroit.

The Red Wings then exploded for five goals in the second period to blow the game open.

Schneider scored his second goal of the game just 4:10 into period, firing a shot from the point over a diving Jeremy Roenick that beat Joseph top shelf.

Comrie was then whistled for hooking with 9:52 left in the second and Detroit took advantage of the power play just 11 seconds later, as Jason Williams one- timed a feed from Zetterberg past Joseph to make it 4-1.

Schneider then got his third goal of the game with 3:31 left in the second. Tomas Holmstrom collected the puck and circled around the net to the left circle where Schneider took the puck and fired a wrister into the top-right corner of the net.

A Phoenix turnover led to Datsyuk's goal just over a minute later and Joseph let in yet another bad goal with 1:43 left in the period, as Samuelsson picked up his first goal of the season to make it 7-1.

Goals by Kirk Maltby and Samuelsson to start the third gave Detroit a 9-1 advantage before Jovanovski scored on a deflection with 9:52 left in the period for the Coyotes to complete the scoring.

"It?s good for us to get a lot of guys in to get some goals and to get some confidence," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "On the other side of it, it?s tough for them. They're proud guys on NHL teams and you don't want to get beat like that. You're not trying to run the score up or anything, you're just playing."

Game Notes

Before the game, Detroit center Greg Johnson announced his retirement. He will remain with the team in a player development capacity...The hat trick was the second of Schneider's career...Lidstrom finished with three assists for the Red Wings...Detroit went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Phoenix squandered five man-advantages...The last time Detroit scored nine goals was on February 13, 1996 when the Red Wings beat the Kings, 9-4.

10/11 23:11:32 ET


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