Detroit at Phoenix

Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2 wire reports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With top scoring threats Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom out of Detroit's lineup, Pavel Datsyuk knew the job of getting a key goal fall to him.

He scored with just over four minutes remaining in the third period to break a tie and help the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"We have some guys out and I knew I had to step up," said Datsyuk, who also had two assists.

Datysuk broke down the right wing with Valtteri Flippula coming down the slot, stopped at the right face-off circle and ripped a slap shot at 15:54 for his 15th of the season. Kris Draper added an empty-net goal at 19:25.

The win was Detroit's fourth in a row and their sixth in seven games.

"(Datsyuk) is playing at another level," said Wings coach Mike Babcock. "He usually plays against the opposition's best line, and right now, "he's outplaying them."

Datsyuk's goal was his 15th and behind Zetterberg's 25, and Holmstrom's 17 goals as team leaders.

"Pavel really stepped up when we needed him," said captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "He has that ability to just pull up and make things happen. He knows how to keep control and get the shot off."

In the first period, Mikael Samuelsson converted a centering pass from Jiri Hudler inside the right post and into his sixth goal of the season at 15:12.

With two goals 25 seconds apart in the second period, Phoenix gained the lead.

Defenseman Ed Jovanovski took a pass from Radim Vrbata off the boards and fired in a 25-footer at 9:44. Then Vrbata scored on a penalty shot, beating Chris Osgood on the backhand after he broke in alone and was hooked by Johan Franzen.

It was the first successful Phoenix penalty shot since Ladislav Nagy beat Dwayne Roloson of Minnesota on Oct. 8, 2005.

"We're playing a tight game with one of the best teams in the league," said Vrbata. "Our power play cost us the second game in a row because we did not score when we should."

The Coyotes' inability to score with the man advantage continues to baffle coach Wayne Gretzky. Phoenix went 0-4 on the power play.

"We talked about the power play for the last four days," Gretzky said. "Our power play has to score and contribute."

The Wings tied the game with a four-on-three advantage. Brian Rafalski's slap shot from the circle beat Ilya Bryzgalov at 18:25 of the second.


Vrbata's penalty shot was the first for Phoenix since Shane Doan was unsuccessful March 18 against Dallas' Marty Turco ... Jovanovski's goal was the 100th of his NHL career, and 14th in a Phoenix uniform ... Samuelsson scored in his second straight game, and third in his last five games ... With a first period assist, Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom has at least one point in seven of his last eight games ... Wings' leading scorers Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom each missed their fourth straight game.

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Detroit  (29-7-3) «1124
Phoenix (17-18-1)0202
Three Stars
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Vrbata

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Lidstrom

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
15:12Mikael Samuelsson (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Lidstrom
09:44Ed Jovanovski (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Radim Vrbata, Zbynek Michalek
10:09Radim Vrbata (14), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
18:26Power Play - Brian Rafalski (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom
15:54Pavel Datsyuk (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Niklas Kronwall
19:25Kris Draper (7), Empty Net. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula
Penalty Summary
01:32Lebda, 2 min, Holding
11:52Rafalski, 2 min, Holding
15:08Franzen, 2 min, Holding
16:49Lilja, 2 min, Roughing
17:32Doan, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
18:07Ballard, 2 min, Slashing
03:30Kapanen, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Chris Osgood60:00322
Ilya Bryzgalov59:33313
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