NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Phoenix
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winning goal and assisted on two others as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2.
Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper also scored for the Red Wings, who have won four straight and 14 of their last 16 games overall. Detroit has also won all three meetings against the Coyotes this season, and has outscored them 34-12 during a seven-game win streak in the series.
Chris Osgood stopped 32-of-34 shots in the victory.
Ed Jovanovski and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and Ilja Bryzgalov made 31 saves for Phoenix, which has dropped three straight and is a league-worst 5-10-1 at home, scoring five total goals in their last four games there.
With the game tied at 2-2, Datsyuk broke the deadlock during a rush up the ice. He wristed the puck past Bryzgalov high over the blocker after skidding to a stop in the right circle and splitting a pair of defenseman.
Draper added an empty-net goal with 35 seconds remaining to ice the win.
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead with a little under five minutes to play in the first period when Samuelsson ripped a centering pass from Jiri Hudler just inside the right post.
The Coyotes then tied it up off the rush near the midpoint of the second. It was Jovanovski's 100th career goal, as he came streaking toward the net and wristed a shot high over the glove of Osgood at 9:44.
Then, just 25 seconds later, Vrbata scored on a penalty shot to make it 2-1 as he beat Osgood on the backhand.
Detroit tied the game with a four-on-three advantage, as Rafalski's one-timer from the left circle sailed past Bryzgalov with 1:34 left in the stanza.
Vrbata's had the first successful Phoenix penalty shot since Ladislav Nagy beat Dwayne Roloson of Minnesota on Oct. 8, 2005... Samuelsson scored in his second straight game, and third in his last five overall...Detroit forwards Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms) and Tomas Holmstrom (knee) each missed their fourth straight game... The Coyotes were without right winger Craig Weller, who is day-to-day with a concussion and Mike Zigomanis, who left the team due to the death of his grandfather.
12/30 00:43:34 ET