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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit



(Tuesday, March 7th)

Final Score: Phoenix 5, Detroit 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Mike Comrie had two goals to lead Phoenix to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Boyd Devereaux and Shane Doan each had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in three contests following a four-game skid. Dave Scatchard also scored for Phoenix, while former Red Wing Curtis Joseph stopped 35 shots.

The Coyotes lost 7-3 at home to Detroit on Saturday, but got the best of the Central Division leaders three nights later.

Pavel Datsyuk and Brendan Shanahan scored for Detroit, which lost for just the second time in its last 10 games. Manny Legace made 19 saves in a losing effort.

Shanahan scored on a rebound from in front 2:53 into the second to draw the Red Wings within 3-2, but Comrie added some insurance for Phoenix by redirecting Zbynek Michalek's shot past Legace during a power-play at 9:05 of the third.

Comrie was whistled for moving a loose stick on the ice in the direction of the puck with 5:03 remaining, giving Mark Mowers a chance at a penalty shot. However, Joseph made a right-pad save to preserve Phoenix's two-goal lead.

Doan scored on the power play just 54 seconds later to ice Phoenix's victory.

The Coyotes scored twice in a span of 3:04 early in the first. Comrie put in a rebound from in front and Devereaux scored at the 9:54 mark. Steven Reinprecht fed a pass from the right side of the net to Devereaux at the other side, and he deposited the puck past an out-of-position Legace.

Scatchard made it 3-0 just over four minutes later, as the Coyotes capitalized on an odd-man rush, with Scatchard firing a wrist shot from the slot into the upper right corner of the net.

Detroit finally lit the lamp on a two-man advantage with 3:29 left in the first when Datsyuk fired the puck from the bottom of the right circle over the left shoulder of Joseph.

Nicklas Lidstrom recorded his 600th career assist on the goal. He joined Brian Leetch and Chris Chelios as the only active defenseman with at least 600 assists.

Game Notes

This marked Detroit's first home game in 22 days. The last time Detroit played at Joe Louis Arena was February 12, when the Red Wings beat the Avalanche...Lidstrom became just the third Swedish-born player to tally 600 assists...Datsuyk has a seven-game point streak with three goals and eight assists in that span...Phoenix was 2-for-7 on the power play, while Detroit was 1-for-6...The Coyotes activated Derek Morris from injured reserve. He had been sidelined with an ankle injury since being hurt December 28 against San Jose.

03/07 22:41:00 ET


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