On the night that former Detroit Red Wing Brett Hull announced his retirement from the Phoenix Coyotes, a goal like so many that Hull scored helped the Wings to a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes.
Former Hull linemate Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5:50 remaining in the game on a one-timer reminicent of the goals scored by the future Hall of Famer. Nicklas Lidstrom sent a cross-ice pass from near the point to the left circle, where Datsyuk fired the shot that beat former Red Wing Curtis Joseph and gave Detroit a two-goal lead.
The Red Wings had opened the scoring on a second period power play goal by Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg sent the puck from behind the net to Jason Williams, who sent it on to Jason Woolley, who fired it back down to the side of the net where Zetterberg got it. Zetterberg skated out in front of the net and beat Joseph to the far side from the top of the crease.
Detroit finished the game 1-for-6 on the powerplay while Phoenix was unable to score on their three chances.
Manny Legace made 23 saves in the shutout effort and Joseph stopped 18 of 20 shots for Phoenix.
The Red Wings will be back in action when they host the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
Just hours before his current team – the Phoenix Coyotes – were set to host his previous team – the Detroit Red Wings – future Hall of Fame forward Brett Hull announced his retirement from the sport of hockey. He cited his performance in the first games of the season as his reasoning.
“While we respect the decision Brett has made today, we regret seeing him go,” Phoenix general manager Mike Barnett stated.
Hull had previously stated that this season would not be his “Farewell Tour.”
“Now, in a month or two, you can talk to Gretz, and maybe he’ll tell you that it is my ‘Farewell Tour.'” he told the Arizona Republic in August.
Hull signed a two-year deal with the Coyotes on August 6, 2004, after three seasons with the Red Wings. He also spent three years with the Dallas Stars after the bulk of his career was played with the St. Louis Blues. He broke into the league with the Calgary Flames, who drafted him in the sixth round in 1984.
Just one week earlier, the Coyotes “unretired” the #9 sweater worn by Hull’s father, Bobby, so that the younger Hull could wear it. Bobby Hull played for the organization while it was still in Winnipeg and his number was retired there.
Open Game Thread
Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes
October 15, 2005 – 10:00 PM