Pulkkinen Scores in OT to Lift Red Wings over Blues

Detroit forward Teemu Pulkkinen scored with just 18.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Pulkkinen scored on a blast past St. Louis netminder Jake Allen from the top of the right faceoff circle with Detroit on a power play.

The Blues forced overtime on a goal with 2:10 left in regulation. Henrik Zetterberg failed to get the puck deep on a dump-in and the Red Wings were caught on a line change, with Vladimir Tarasenko breaking down the right wing. Tarasenko cut to the front of the net and snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Pavel Datsyuk‘s first goal of the season opened the scoring with 9:56 left in the first period. Brad Richards sent a pass from behind the goal to Datsyuk out front to put past Allen for the 1-0 lead.

Just over three minutes later, Kyle Brodziak snapped a shot from the right wing past Howard to tie things up. Jori Lehtera put the Blues in front 1:40 after that, tipping a Jay Bouwmeester shot past Howard for a 2-1 lead.

Luke Glendening fought off a check to even things up before the end of the period, banging a chance past Allen from the slot with 1:29 left.

At 8:42 of the second, Dylan Larkin restored Detroit’s lead when a Zetterberg shot deflected off his arm and in to make it 3-2.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 33 shots while Allen stopped 28 of 32 chances against.

Each team had two power play opportunities with Pulkkinen’s goal the only one scored with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are now off until Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins.

Pregame: Blues @ Red Wings – 2/13

Six days after the Red Wings handed the Blues a 5-1 loss in St. Louis, the teams are back at it for their fourth of five meetings on the season, this time back in Detroit.

When the teams met last week, both were on short losing streaks and missing a goalie. The Red Wings started rookie Petr Mrazek in his first NHL game and cruised to the win. Detroit has won all of their games since while the Blues have yet to snap out of their slump. The Blues will employ the same method as the Wings did a week ago in looking for help, with AHL call-up Jake Allen making his first career NHL start in net tonight.

The Red Wings will stick with the same lineup that beat Edmonton and Los Angeles in 25 hours over the weekend, though there had been talk that Patrick Eaves would find his way back in.

Random Stat: The Red Wings are 1249-1012-366 when playing on two days’ rest.

Game time tonight is 7:30 PM on NBCSN.

Update: Per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, Johan Franzen is out tonight with a hip injury and Patrick Eaves will indeed play.