NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit
(Wednesday, February 7th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Phoenix 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg scored a pair of goals, including the go-ahead marker in the infant stages of the third period, to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Robert Lang also scored and Pavel Datsyuk added an empty-net goal for the Red Wings, who have won five in a row. Dominik Hasek turned away 22 shots to pick up the victory.
His counterpart, Curtis Joseph, was much busier, as he faced 47 shots on the night and came up with 44 saves. Shane Doan and Owen Nolan both scored for Phoenix, which has dropped four of its last six.
Zetterberg used a fortunate bounce early in the third to give his team a 3-2 edge. After Nicklas Lidstrom just missed the 200th goal of his career by ringing the post, the Red Wings regained control and kicked it to the right point for Zetterberg. The left winger ripped a shot from there that caromed off a defenseman's skate in front before slipping past a helpless Joseph at the 3:22 mark.
Hasek was able to keep Phoenix off the board from there, and an empty-net tally by Datsyuk with a minute left sealed the victory.
It was the Coyotes that took the early lead in this one, as Nolan gathered a loose puck in front following a scrum and backhanded it past a fallen Hasek 9:06 into the contest.
Lang polished off a give-and-go at the right side of the net 4:51 into the second, however, to tie things at 1-1. The Red Wings then assumed their first lead of the game with 3:33 left in the middle stanza on a wraparound goal by Zetterberg.
Doan evened things at 2-2 with just 17 ticks remaining in the period with his 19th goal of the year.
Detroit defenseman Danny Markov left in the third period after absorbing a hard hit along the boards by Jeremy Roenick...The Red Wings went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Phoenix was 1-for-4...The Red Wings are 3-0 against Phoenix this year and have taken four of the last five meetings between the clubs dating back to last season.
02/07 22:29:09 ET