NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit
(Wednesday, February 4th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Phoenix 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal with 39 seconds remaining in the third period lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.
Marian Hossa recorded his second straight multi-goal game for the Red Wings, who have won two in a row after going winless in five. Henrik Zetterberg returned from a three-game absence with back spasms and also scored for Detroit. The 2008 Conn Smythe Trophy winner played his first game since signing a 12-year contract with the Red Wings, the longest deal in franchise history.
Meanwhile, teammate and fellow Swede Lidstrom reached another milestone in his decorated career, skating in his 1,300th career game. The six-time recipient of the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, Lidstrom has donned the jersey emblazoned with the winged wheel his entire career, and last season became the first European captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup crown.
Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula and Dan Cleary each collected two assists, while Chris Osgood made 23 saves to earn the win.
"I thought we took the game over at times," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "When we got the 4-2 (lead), the game should have been done. We found a way to let them back in the game."
Ed Jovanovski and Joakim Lindstrom both registered a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have dropped five straight since besting Detroit in the desert on January 20. Ilya Bryzgalov was beaten five times on 33 shots in defeat.
Mikael Samuelsson's power-play tally made it 4-2, Detroit, at 5:43 of the third period, but Phoenix rallied. Joel Perrault lit the lamp at 7:06 and Lindstrom tied the game with 5:04 remaining. Darren Helm was whistled for goaltender interference and Lindstrom unleashed a rocket from the top of the right circle that eluded the outstretched left pad of Osgood, sneaking inside the near post.
Detroit caught a break in the game's final minute when Perrault was assessed a questionable restraining foul. Brian Rafalski dished across to Lidstrom at the left point and his blast deflected off the stick of Phoenix defenseman Ken Klee, then slid underneath the left pad of Bryzgalov for the game-winner.
"If we're going to let things go in the last two minutes, let them all go," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "There were clearly three hooks on their defensemen on three different guys in front of the net."
Babcock didn't have much to say about the penalty on Perrault.
"I'm not here to evaluate (the penalty)," Babcock said. "They don't pay me to do that. The one thing I do know is that the (officials) are always right, just like your wife."
Detroit grabbed a 1-0 lead with 5:50 remaining in the first period. Datsyuk made a nifty drop pass in the high slot to Hossa, who fired a wrister past the glove of Bryzgalov.
The Coyotes responded on the power play. An outlet pass from Keith Yandle sent Jovanovski, who got behind the Detroit defenseman, on a breakaway and the former No. 1 overall pick slipped the puck through the legs of Osgood with 2:01 left in the opening frame.
Hossa pumped in his team-leading 28th goal of the season for a 2-1 Red Wings lead. Hossa glided down the left wing and fired a shot that ricocheted off the far post and off the arm of Bryzgalov before dribbling across the goal line at the 5:50 mark of the middle stanza.
Todd Fedoruk evened the game three minutes later, hammering a Mikkel Boedker backhand feed from behind the cage past Osgood.
But Zetterberg restored a one-goal edge for the home team. Datsyuk swept the puck blindly to Zetterberg between the circles and he let fly a wrister that found the far corner of the net with 8:31 remaining in the second.
Datsyuk leads Detroit in assists (42) and points (61)...Detroit has won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Coyotes...The Red Wings have won nine of their last 10 games at home.
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