NHL Game Summary - Detroit at St. Louis
(Tuesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Dominik Hasek led the way with 24 saves and the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the retirement of Brett Hull's number with a 5-1 victory over the Blues in the opener of a Central Division home-and-home set at Scottrade Center.
Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula, Robert Lang and Dan Cleary scored for the Red Wings, who have won three of their last four games following an 0-2-3 skid.
Hull, who finished his brilliant 19-year NHL career in third place on the all- time goal scoring list with 741, was introduced and enjoyed a lengthy standing ovation. Former teammate Kelly Chase delivered a speech among others, and team president John Davidson informed Hull that the block of Clark Avenue in front of the arena will be renamed "Brett Hull Way". Hull then addressed the crowd and several minutes later stood with his father -- and former NHL great -- Bobby and his children while his No. 16 banner was lifted to the rafters.
"It is hard to explain how it feels when you look up and see the names that are up there," said Hull, who spent the prime of his career (10 seasons) with the Blues before moving on to play with Dallas, Detroit and a few games with Phoenix. "It was difficult to leave, but my heart was always in St. Louis."
Blues goaltender Manny Legace started in place of Curtis Sanford, who was injured in Friday's game against Chicago. Sanford suffered a groin injury and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Legace struggled and was pulled in the first period in favor of Jason Bacashihua, who was recently recalled from AHL affiliate Peoria.
Bacashihua made 18 saves.
All the joy that resulted from the hour-long Hull ceremony did not translate into success on the ice for the Blues, who were completely outplayed from start to finish in this one.
Following Zetterberg's power-play goal 2:34 into the game, a strange bounce gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Datsyuk held the puck inside the left circle and fanned on an attempted wrist shot but maintained his balance enough to send the puck on goal. Legace made the save, but the puck bounced into the air and deflected off the chest of Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador and into the net at the 4:22 mark. Datsyuk was credited with his fourth goal of the season.
With 6:18 to play in the opening period, the Wings grabbed a three-goal advantage. Cleary streaked into the zone, accepted a pass from Chris Chelios at the top of the left circle and beat Legace to the near side with a wrist shot from the faceoff dot.
Bacashihua then replaced Legace, who made nine saves.
Midway through the middle session, Filppula's unassisted marker made it 4-0 and Lang's goal with 4:40 remaining in regulation capped the Detroit scoring.
Eric Brewer finally put the hosts on the scoreboard with his first goal of the season 76 seconds after Lang's tally.
Hull is the sixth player in Blues history to have his number retired. The others are Bob Gassoff (No. 3), Barclay Plager (No. 8), Brian Sutter (No. 11), Bernie Federko (No. 24) and Al MacInnis (No. 2)...Detroit improved to 10-0-1 in its last 11 games in the Gateway City...The Red Wings lead the season series, 2-1...Detroit finished 1-for-4 on the power play and held the Blues scoreless on their eight chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 19,646.
12/06 01:28:27 ET