By Jerry Brown | NHL Correspondent
GLENDALE -- Todd Bertuzzi had a goal in regulation and scored the only goal in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings won their fifth straight game and leap-frogged Chicago and the New York Rangers for sole possession of first place in the NHL's overall standings by beating the Coyotes, 3-2, on Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Ian White also scored for the Red Wings, who won despite failing on all five power plays – the Coyotes had three calls for too many men on the ice.
Raffi Torres and Gilbert Brule scored for the Coyotes (21-19-8), who lost in a shootout to Detroit for the second time in seven days. Mike Smith made 33 saves for Phoenix, including one on Valtteri Filppula just before the overtime buzzer to force the shootout.
"You’re never pleased with only one point," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "You go into it looking for two points, but the circumstances our team was in - with Detroit sitting here waiting for us last night and us playing a hard game at Anaheim - I thought our group gave everything they had. We had a group that really poured a lot out there tonight to try to get the points and it’s too bad we couldn’t get two.“
After Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped three Phoenix shooters and Smith denied two, Bertuzzi won the game when he swept in from the right side and made a spin move in front of Smith before lifting a backhander into the net.
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The Red Wings (31-15-1) had a big penalty kill of their own after Pavel Datsyuk was called for tripping 1:41 into overtime. Shane Doan had a good chance near the crease and Keith Yandle had a couple of rips from the point. But Howard, who has won seven straight games against the Coyotes, made 31 saves before stopping Doan, Radim Vrbata and Brule in the shootout.
"Doan had the chance there and we were fortunate it trickled wide, and then we got to the shootout and we were able to win the skills competition," said Howard, now 28-10-1 on the season. "Some years you can't win one, other years you can't lose them. Right now we're just finding ways and we've just got to continue on the same track."
For the second straight night, the Coyotes' fourth line was their best. On Wednesday in Anaheim, Torres set up Kyle Chipchura for his first goal in 74 games; this time Chipchura's hard work behind the net allowed Torres to collect the puck and put it between Howard's pads with a wraparound at 2:23 of the first period.
But Phoenix didn't keep the momentum for long. At 1:36 of the second, Johan Franzen set up White for a shot from the point, using Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris as a screen to beat Smith for his sixth goal to even the score.
Detroit took its first lead at 11:13 when Franzen served up a backhand pass from behind the net that Bertuzzi stepped into and blasted past Smith from deep in the right circle.
"He snapped it in there and kind of caught me off-guard," Smith said. "Give me a hundred pucks and I'm not sure he could hit that spot again, but it was a world-class shot."
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Phoenix appeared on the brink of folding but regrouped late in the period. Brule came to the aid of Chipchura after a post-whistle scrum in the Detroit crease and picked up a roughing penalty and came flying out of the box after the kill. He intercepted a Tomas Holmstrom pass in the neutral zone, worked a give-and-go with Chipchura and gave Howard a shoulder shake before beating him between the pads at 14:08 to knot the score at 2-2.
It was the second goal and third point in five games for Brule, who was plucked off the waiver wire on Jan. 10 and has given the Coyotes a much-needed boost of offensive creativity.
"He's a high-skilled guy but he's willing to go into the hard places to make his presence felt," Tippett said. "I thought he was all around the game tonight."
Both teams had a chance to win the game late, but Torres hit the post behind Howard with four minutes left while Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg hit posts on successive shots less than a minute later.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
• Center Martin Hanzal
returned to the lineup after missing 12 games because of an upper-body injury. Hanzal played 18:00 and made an impact in several areas: he won nine of 12 faceoffs, he delivered five hits and he took three shots on goal. It was a solid outing for a man who got just two hours of sleep in a chair the night before after becoming a father for the first time on Wednesday.
• Center Daymond Langkow
left the game in the first period and did not return after getting hit in the face with a puck off the stick of Detroit's Jiri Hudler during Langkow's second shift.
• The Coyotes dropped to 2-5 in shootouts this season. They have scored six shootout goals on 24 attempts (25 percent).
• Defenseman Rostislav Klesla
played a season-high 26:24 including 6:27 of penalty-killing time. He blocked four shots on goal.
• Center Kyle Chipchura
assisted on both of Phoenix's goals. It was his second multi-point game this season as a member of the Coyotes. Chipchura now has a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists). "Chipchura's doing everything he possibly can to help us win hockey games," Head Coach Dave Tippett said.
• The Coyotes played minus defensemen David Schlemko
(lower-body injury) and Adrian Aucoin
• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin
and Paul Bissonnette
• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen of Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).