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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit



(Wednesday, January 30th)

Final Score: Detroit 3, Phoenix 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom keyed a third-period rally and collected a goal and two assists, to help Detroit clip Phoenix, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena.

Tomas Holmstrom also lit the lamp and Pavel Datsyuk added three helpers for the Red Wings, who have posted five consecutive wins and upped their NHL-best record to 38-10-4.

Henrik Zetterberg, who returned to the lineup after missing two pre-break games with a back problem, recorded a goal for Detroit, which enjoys a 12-point edge over Ottawa for the top point total with 80, and also holds a 24-point advantage over idle Columbus for second place in the Central Division.

Chris Osgood improved his record to 21-3-2 by making 32 stops.

Martin Hanzal and Ed Jovanovski scored for the Coyotes, who had won three straight games coming in.

Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss despite a 36-save performance.

Detroit rallied to tie the game 9:09 into the third, as Lidstrom's blast from just below the left circle changed direction off the stick and inner thigh of Holmstrom.

Lidstrom then struck to give the Wings a 3-2 lead with 7:28 remaining, as his point drive zipped through traffic in front and through a screened Bryzgalov.

"It helps tremendously when he's in front of the net," Lidstrom said of countryman Holmstrom. "The first goal just went off his leg. That has to be distracting for a goalie. Some guys are in front of the net but they're not in front of the goalie screening him. He's so good at knowing where the goalie is and getting his stick on the puck."

Osgood came up huge with 32 seconds left in the contest to preserve the win. Jovanovski fired a long breakout pass to Shane Doan for a short-handed breakaway, but the veteran netminder closed off access to the right post with his right pad as Doan tried to squeeze a forehand shot through.

Zetterberg put the Wings on the board 3:54 into the contest, when his low shot from along the goal line to the left of the Phoenix net found its way through.

Hanzal tied the game off a giveaway just prior to the midpoint of the first, beating Osgood with a high wrister from the slot, and Jovanovski put Phoenix up 8:31 into the second on a knuckling shot from the left point.

"I'm disappointed we didn't get more out of it," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "At 2-1, we had opportunities to get further ahead, but their goalie made some good saves. When you're playing against the best team in the NHL, you can't give away the puck in your own zone, especially in the third period. You're going to get crucified for that and that's what happened."

Game Notes

Detroit has won eight consecutive meetings and 10 of the last 12 matchups...The Wings matched the 1995-96 club, who also posted a 38-10-4 mark after 52 games en route to an NHL-record 62 victories...Detroit hosts long- time rival Colorado on Friday, and Phoenix continues its eight-game road trip in Nashville on Saturday.

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