Late Goals Lift Coyotes over Red Wings

The Phoenix Coyotes scored with 2:40 left in regulation and again in overtime to rally from down by a goal and defeat the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Petr Prucha scored to tie the game when the Red Wings led 2-1 and Adrian Aucoin got the game-winner.

Prucha’s goal came on a goal-mouth scramble that saw Detroit netminder Chris Osgood pushed into the net on the play.

Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought Osgood was interferred with on the play, yelling at the officials, “Do your f—ing job!”

Aucoin scored on a seemingly-soft shot from the right wing that deflected off of Osgood’s pad, then off his stick on the way into the net.

Detroit had taken the lead in the game at 7:45 of the second period on a goal by Brett Lebda. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk broke into the Phoenix zone and drew the defenders to them on the right wing, leaving Lebda wide open when he jumped into the play and fired a shot past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The two teams traded power play goals in the first period, with Matthew Lombardi scoring for Phoenix with 3:30 left and Tomas Holmstrom tipping a puck past Bryzgalov with 20 seconds remaining.

Pavel Datsyuk earned assists on both goals in his first game back in the Detroit lineup after missing two with a shoulder injury.

The Red Wings went one-for-four on the power play while the Coyotes were one-for-three.

Osgood made 30 saves on 33 shots against. Bryzgalov stopped 25 of 27 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Datsyuk Returns Against Coyotes

The Red Wings begin their longest road trip of the season tonight in Phoenix, still looking for their first road win of the year. They are 3-0-1 at Joe Louis Arena and 0-3 elsewhere, including one “home” game played in Stockholm.

The Wings will get a boost as Pavel Datsyuk returns to the lineup. When asked if he could do everything he could do before a shoulder injury knocked him out for two games, Datsyuk joked, “Well, I didn’t score before. I hope to maybe score.”

With Datsyuk in, Brad May and Patrick Eaves will be the healthy scratches.

Datsyuk will play with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom, Valtteri Filppula will center Ville Leino and Jason Williams, Kris Draper will center Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi, and the fourth line will be Darren Helm between Justin Abdelkader and Kirk Maltby.