NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Phoenix
(Saturday, January 24th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Detroit 2
Glendale, AR (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher made 44 saves and Phoenix scored five special teams goals, as the Coyotes defeated Detroit, 5-2, at Glendale Arena.
Boucher stopped 13 shots in the first period, eight in the second and a remarkable 23 in the third, as the Coyotes posted their first win over Detroit in Phoenix since January 31, 2000, a span of seven games.
"It was a busy night," Boucher said. "Detroit will throw everything at you."
Daymond Langkow, Radoslav Suchy and Jan Hrdina each scored power-play goals, while Daniel Cleary and Branko Radivojevic tallied shorthanded for Phoenix, which started its six-game homestand on the right foot, with a win. The Coyotes have now won two straight following a five-game winless streak.
Curtis Joseph started in net for the Red Wings and stopped just four of eight shots before being pulled after two periods of play. Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider scored for the Red Wings, which fell to 1-2-1 on its current five- game road trip which ends in Dallas on Monday.
Ray Whitney took a hooking penalty for Detroit just 40 seconds into the contest, setting the stage for Phoenix's first power-play tally. Just seven seconds into the man advantage the Coyotes took advantage, as Langkow scored his 13th goal of the season.
Detroit would draw even when Datsyuk recorded his 23rd goal of the season. He came streaking down the left side and settled Steve Thomas' pass with his skate, sending the puck over to his forehand before firing a wrister inside the left post 6:45 into the contest.
Suchy re-staked the Coyotes to a one-goal advantage with another power-play goal. He settled the puck in front of the net and slid a shot through Joseph, giving Phoenix a 2-1 lead at the 12:34 mark.
Hrdina recorded the third Phoenix goal on the man advantage early in the middle period. Paul Mara unleashed a slap shot from the right circle that went wide of the net. The lively Detroit boards allowed the puck to carom hard towards the left post, and Hrdina was there to slam it into the empty net for a 3-1 Coyotes lead.
The Red Wings pulled within 3-2 at 8:46 of the second stanza when Schneider skated in and picked up a loose puck in the slot. The defenseman easily placed the puck over Boucher's shoulder and into the top of the net.
But the Coyotes' special teams would strike twice more, both times with the penalty killing unit. Cleary broke free for a shorthanded breakaway and subsequently beat Joseph five-hole with 1:07 remaining in the second period.
Radivojevic then added an empty-net shorthanded goal with 29 seconds remaining in the contest to create the final margin.
"The win is a step in the right direction," said Boucher. "We needed those two points as much as anybody."
The Coyotes posted a season-low two shots in the second period, but scored on both...Phoenix won for just the second time in seven games at the new Glendale Arena (2-3-1-1)...Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer missed the contest after he was suspended for one game by the league on Saturday for head-butting Ian Laperriere of the Los Angeles Kings during a fight.
01/25 01:58:04 ET