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St. Louis Blues 1, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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St. Louis Blues 1, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL
St. Louis Blues 1, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) -- Pavel Datsyuk came to the Detroit Red Wings' rescue again.

Ray Whitney's tiebreaking goal with 5:15 remaining lifted Detroit to a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Monday night, snapping the Blues' nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2).

The Red Wings are 6-1-1 in their past eight games against the Blues, who have only lost two games -- both to Detroit -- in their past 14 (9-2-3).

Datsyuk scored the other Detroit goal and assisted on Whitney's winner. Curtis Joseph made 24 saves, including several during a flurry in the final minute.

"If you're the team up, you hope so," Joseph said when asked if the Red Wings were in the heads of St. Louis' players. "And if you're the team that's down, you hope not."

Dallas Drake scored the Blues' goal, and Chris Osgood made 22 saves.

After Datsyuk forced Alexander Khavanov into turning the puck over to Brett Hull -- the puck finally glanced off Datsyuk's skate to Hull -- behind the St. Louis net, Hull found Whitney in front. Whitney then put a shot past Chris Osgood.

"I don't know, I don't know how," Datsyuk said when asked how he got the puck away from Khavanov.

Datsyuk has scored or assisted on nine of the Red Wings' 17 goals the past six games.

"I think you're looking at a guy who is learning the game day-by-day," Hull said about Datsyuk, who is tied for second in the NHL with 42 points.

St. Louis broke a scoreless tie 8:52 into the second period on Drake's power-play goal. His shot from the bottom of the left circle beat Joseph, who was sprawling.

Detroit tied it 1-1 three minutes later on Datsyuk's short-handed goal.

After stealing the puck from Scott Mellanby at the Red Wings blue line, Datsyuk went in on a breakaway as he fought off Christian Backman. Datsyuk's shot hit Osgood's pads, bounced over the goaltender and into the net.

"We made a couple of key errors that cost us," Mellanby said. "It's part of hockey."

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:52
STL
PPG - Dallas Drake (8) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Nickulas (9), Doug Weight (20)
1 - 0 STL
11:52
DET
SHG - Pavel Datsyuk (20) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
14:45
DET
Ray Whitney (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brett Hull (21), Pavel Datsyuk (22)
2 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
05:25
STL
Michael Danton  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
06:31
DET
Jason Woolley  Hi-sticking against  Steve Martins
15:33
DET
Kirk Maltby  Interference against  Eric Nickulas
19:27
STL
Pavol Demitra  Interference against  Pavel Datsyuk
2nd Period
02:39
STL
Pavol Demitra  Hooking against  Mathieu Dandenault
08:10
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Interference against  Michael Danton
10:05
DET
Jamie Rivers  Cross checking against  Michael Danton
13:08
STL
Doug Weight  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
13:49
DET
Brett Hull  Interference against  Steve Martins
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 24TOI: 58:53
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 1
Curtis Joseph
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .960SH: 1 - 1

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