NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit
(Monday, November 8th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Phoenix 2 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg scored 1:23 into overtime to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.
In the extra session on a delayed penalty call, Ruslan Salei sent a slap pass from the top of the left circle to the slot where Zetterberg redirected it between the pads of Ilya Bryzgalov for the win.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Dan Cleary each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have won four of their last five games. Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots in the win.
"I think wins like this are real good for the guys," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "It's a real gut-check thing. Mental toughness will help you make the right decision when it counts and that's what happened tonight."
Martin Hanzal and Keith Yandle each had a goal for the Coyotes, who have lost their past three games. Bryzgalov made 37 saves in a losing effort.
"Right now it's that one situation that takes the game from us," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "Penalties in overtime will kill you. We played good in the game, but our margin for error is very slim and right now we're letting it get the better of us."
With the Coyotes holding a 2-1 lead in the third, Lidstrom tied the game on a slap shot from the left point that found its way through traffic at the 7:24 mark.
The goaltenders kept the puck out of the net from there to force the overtime.
Cleary scored 1:40 into the first period to get the scoring started in the game, but Hanzal answered in the final minute of the opening frame on a rebound from a Derek Morris shot to tie the contest.
Yandle scored on a slap shot at the 7:31 mark of the second period to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead.
Lidstrom has two goals and 10 assists during a nine-game point streak...Phoenix plays in Chicago on Wednesday...Detroit continues its six- game homestand on Thursday against Edmonton...Detroit has taken two of the three matchups against Phoenix this season...Detroit blueliner Brian Rafalski returned to play for the first time since October 9 after missing time with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
11/08 23:28:56 ET