NHL Game Summary - Detroit at St. Louis
(Saturday, March 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk scored twice as the Central Division-leading Detroit Red Wings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 5-2, at Scottrade Center.
Tomas Kopecky, Brett Lebda and Henrik Zetterberg also tallied for Detroit, which has won four of its last six games.
The Red Wings lead the Western Conference with 99 points.
Chris Osgood stopped 30-of-32 shots for the Red Wings and claimed his 300th career win with Detroit.
Red Wings' leading-goal scorer Marian Hossa returned to the lineup for the first time since crashing head-first into the boards in a 5-0 win at St. Louis on March 3. In that game he had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and missed the last four contests with a stiff neck/back and bruised knee. He played 15:06 without registering a point.
T.J. Oshie and Jeff Woywitka scored for the Blues, who weren't able to build off wins over Dallas and San Jose.
Chris Mason made 19 saves on 23 shots for St. Louis, before being pulled after two periods in favor of Ben Bishop, who turned aside all three shots faced.
Oshie opened the scoring with 5:16 left in the first period on a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Osgood to the blocker side, giving the Blues the early advantage.
In the second, Detroit struck three times within 46 seconds. Datsyuk got things started at 4:40 when he took a rink-wide feed from Brad Stuart and put a wrister home from the middle slot to tie the contest.
Kopecky then tallied 10 seconds later, before Blues head coach Andy Murray called a timeout to gather the troops. However, it would do little good as Lebda capitalized off a St. Louis turnover and ripped a wrist shot past Mason to the glove side to make it a 3-1 game.
"We just kept creating turnovers. Working hard to get the puck back and forechecking hard, creating some turnovers and we're shooting the puck too, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "It's great to see the puck go in that way."
Woywitka's blast from the point at 9:08 of the second cut the hosts' deficit to one.
However, Datsyuk lit the lamp with 36 seconds left in the frame when he fired a wrister from the right circle that went through a Blues defender and beat a screened Mason to make it 4-2 heading into the second intermission.
Zetterberg's empty net tally with 1:57 left in the game accounted for the final score.
"Missed opportunities in the third period are as bad as the goals we gave up in the second," Blues head coach Andy Murray said. "Their goalie made some saves and we give him credit, but we had more than enough opportunities for two goals."
Detroit will visit Columbus on Sunday, while the Blues host Minnesota on Sunday...Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula left after two periods with back spasms and did not return...The Blues have gone winless in five games versus the Red Wings this year, getting outscored 22-9...Detroit improved to 20-10-5 as the visitor this season. St. Louis fell to 18-13-5 as the host.
03/14 18:38:54 ET