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Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2, SO
Detroit Red Wings 3, Phoenix Coyotes 2
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 28-30
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .939SH: 0-0
Mike Smith
SA: 35TOI: 64:55
GA: 2EV: 24-26
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: .943SH: 0-0
Gilbert Brule
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 12:01

By Jerry Brown  | NHL Correspondent
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 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.

Photo by Getty Images.

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."

Photo by Getty Images.

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 edited this story and compiled this recap.


Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made a dazzling glove save on a shot by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk in the first round of the shootout. Detroit won the game moments later, but Smith's save on Datsyuk was one that will likely be remembered for a long time.

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• 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 (lower-body injury).

• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin and Paul Bissonnette.

• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning at 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).
"We are happy with our effort. I think we competed very hard. Every player gave it all he had. I think we can learn a lot from that game about how we have to compete to be in hockey games." "I think our penalty kill was awesome tonight. That's how we stayed in the game (because) they have a great power play." "Tonight was a great game. You've got to give them props; they played great on back-to-back nights. It was a lot of fun out there. It was a very intense game and there were a lot of great plays made and great saves on both ends."
Smith Brule Howard
  • Dec. 8, 2011: DET 5, PHX 2
• Jan. 12, 2012: DET 3, PHX 2 (SO)
  • Jan. 19, 2012: DET 3, PHX 2 (SO)
• Feb. 6, 2012:  

scoring summary
1st Period
Raffi Torres (7) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (10), Chris Summers (3)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Ian White (6) ASST: Johan Franzen (21), Pavel Datsyuk (37)
1 - 1 Tie
Todd Bertuzzi (10) ASST: Johan Franzen (22), Pavel Datsyuk (38)
2 - 1 DET
Gilbert Brule (2) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (11)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1S. DoanP. Datsyuk
2R. VrbataJ. Hudler
3G. BruleT. Bertuzzi
penalty summary
1st Period
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
Radim Vrbata  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Brad Stuart  Slashing against  Taylor Pyatt
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
Kyle Chipchura  Roughing against  Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader  Roughing against  Kyle Chipchura
Gilbert Brule  Roughing against  Darren Helm
Henrik Zetterberg  Roughing against  Lauri Korpikoski
Lauri Korpikoski  Elbowing against  Henrik Zetterberg
3rd Period
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
Pavel Datsyuk  Tripping against  Lauri Korpikoski
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 35TOI: 64:55
Saves: 33EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
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