Datsyuk Leads Red Wings Past Coyotes

Pavel Datsyuk scored with just 4:06 left in regulation Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes and giving the team a four-game winning streak.

The Red Wings wrapped up a season-high five game road trip with a 4-1 record, the lone loss coming in St. Louis for the first game of the trip.

Datsyuk's goal broke a 2-2 tie late in the game. He raced down the right side of the ice on a two-on-one with Valtteri Filppula. Reaching the right faceoff circle in the Phoenix end, Datsyuk quickly stopped, allowing backchecking defenseman Keith Ballard to skate past him and create a screen for a shot over the shoulder of goalie Ilja Bryzgalov.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal to wrap up the game for Detroit.

Mikael Samuelsson had opened the game's scoring with 4:48 left in the first period. After he missed a chance at an open net, the puck was sent around the boards and picked up by Nicklas Lidstrom. Lidstrom sent it down low to Jiri Hudler who moved it back across to Samuelsson for a chance that he made good on.

Two goals just 25 seconds apart in the second period put the Coyotes in front.

At 9:44, on an odd-man rush into the Detroit zone, Radim Vrbata sent the puck up top to Ed Jovanovski, who blasted a shot past netminder Chris Osgood, who was screened on the play.

Vrbata would score Phoenix's second goal when awarded a penalty shot after Kris Draper poked him off the puck on a partial breakaway. Vrbata faked out Osgood on the chance, moving from forehand to backhand to score.

The Red Wings pulled even on their first power play of the game with 1:34 left in the second. Skating four-on-three, Lidstrom sent the puck down low to Datsyuk who sent it to the left circle for Brian Rafalski to one-time past Bryzgalov.

The goal was Detroit's only power play goal on three chances with the extra attacker. Phoenix was held scoreless on four attempts, including a short five-on-three.

Both goalies faced 34 shots on the night, with Osgood stopping 32 chances and Bryzgalov making 31 saves.

The Red Wings now return back to Detroit, where they will face St. Louis on New Years Eve.

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Let's keep the streak alive!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/29/2007 at 7:47 PM

 

Osgood gets the start. Zata, Homer and Malts still out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 8:52 PM

 

Wings should be down a goal right now. Whoever that #18 is wishes was someone else after missing the open net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 9:30 PM

 

Mikey makes up for missing one mostly-open net by hitting the next one. Very nice passing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 9:32 PM

 

I hope Dr. Fil gets another pair this game. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Good to see Samuelsson doing something.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/29/2007 at 9:57 PM

 

A lot of pressure by the Wings for a bit there. Expected either them to score or Phoenix to take a penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 10:09 PM

 

f*ck. Could see that coming. That's why it hurts so much that the Wings didn't score with all that pressure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 10:11 PM

 

Okay, all the stuff that hasn't gone called and that little poke by Draper was not only called, but called for a penalty shot?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 10:14 PM

 

Look what happens when the Wings finally get a power play! Hell yeah!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 10:33 PM

 

Same move Datsyuk used a couple days ago. Very, very nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 11:19 PM

 

I was expecting overtime until the Datsyuk goal. I really didn't think much was going to happen in the final minutes. Glad to see I was wrong. Another one of those solid all-around games the Wings are playing so many of.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2007 at 11:30 PM

 

I was expecting overtime until the Datsyuk goal. I really didn't think much was going to happen in the final minutes. Glad to see I was wrong. Another one of those solid all-around games the Wings are playing so many of.


Very, very quotable/agreeable <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />Too bad Valtteri/Dr. Fil didn't score =/

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/29/2007 at 11:49 PM

 

It seems that the only team that can beat the Wings is the refs. I mean come on, what was up with some of those calls last night? How many times was Huds or Dats hauled down?

Or that roughing call on Lilja when Phoenix took a shot at Osgood's melon?

Garbage!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/30/2007 at 2:43 PM

 

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