NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit
(Monday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 4, St. Louis 3 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa had two goals in regulation and scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, to end a season-high five-game losing streak.
Hossa was the third shooter for Detroit and he wristed the puck into the top right corner of the net. David Perron had the last chance for St. Louis, but he went too deep before taking his shot and Chris Osgood made the easy save for the win.
"We were all thinking about getting this win to snap the slide," said Hossa. "It didn't matter how ugly or pretty it would be, we just wanted to stop it so we can get back to winning."
Kirk Maltby had the other goal while Osgood finished the game with 30 saves for the Red Wings, who have a nine-point lead over Chicago for first place in the Central Division and trail San Jose by six points for first place overall in the Western Conference.
Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie each lit the lamp for the Blues, who have dropped two of three. Manny Legace started the game in net, but was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots. Chris Mason got the loss despite stopping all 13 shots he faced in regulation.
"Every time you lose it's disappointing," said Jackman. "But you look at the way we played and there were stretches where we were scrambling and Detroit is such a good team."
The Red Wings made it a 1-0 game at the 2:34 mark of the first period on a 2- on-1 break as Tomas Kopecky slid a pass from the left side to the slot where Maltby beat Legace with a slap shot.
St. Louis got the goal back three minutes later. Carlo Colaiacovo fired a shot on net from the right point that got caught up in Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey, but eventually popped out at the low right side where Oshie took a swing at it and it bounced past Osgood.
Just 58 seconds later Detroit retook the lead as Hossa's wrist shot from the top of the right circle hit off the right shoulder of Legace and trickled in, but the Blues answered five minutes later on the power play when Brad Boyes threw a pass from the left boards to the right circle where Berglund one-timed it into the back of the net.
However, the Red Wings scored 56 seconds later when Hossa skated in down the left wing and from the left circle snapped a quick, low shot past Legace, prompting a goaltending change.
In the third, St. Louis was given a five-minute power play after Andreas Lilja was given a major and misconduct for boarding. With just 23 seconds left on the advantage, the Blues tied the game as Colaiacovo and Jackman played catch with the disc at the points and Jackman's one-timer from the right side went through a screen set up by Keith Tkachuk with 8:02 to play.
The rest of regulation and overtime passed without a score as the game went to the shootout.
The first 20 minutes passed without a score as the teams combined for just five shots in the frame.
Detroit center Kris Draper played in his 1,000th game. He has played all but 20 of those in a Detroit uniform...Detroit hosts Phoenix on Wednesday...St. Louis plays in Columbus on Tuesday...Detroit has won five of the last six against St. Louis...The Blues went 3-for-7 on the power play while the Red Wings finished the game 0-for-3.
02/03 01:06:44 ET