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Red Wings 4, Blues 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Red Wings 4, Blues 3, OT
St. Louis Blues 3, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT (AP) -Pavel Datsyuk wanted to pass the puck, but it rolled on him and he couldn't. So he took a shot and it went in.

His goal 3:23 into overtime completed a comeback from a three-goal deficit and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Datsyuk picked up a loose puck in his own zone and skated the length of the ice on a 2-on-1 with Nicklas Lidstrom and beat Blues goalie Jason Bacashihua with a wrist shot from the right circle.

"First I wanted to pass it to Nick, but it started rolling," said Datsyuk, who scored his second goal in two games. So I changed my mind and I shot."

Lidstrom had a goal and an assist, and Jason Williams and Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider each added two assists. Dominik Hasek made 18 saves.

Petr Cajanek scored twice and Dallas Drake also had a goal for St. Louis, which lost its sixth straight. Bacashihua stopped 39 shots.

It was only Datsyuk's fifth goal of the season. He is far off his pace of 2005-06, when he led the team in points with 87 (28 goals and 59 assists). He has five goals and 13 assists in 27 games this season.

His natural inclination is always to pass first, but he said recently that he wants to take more shots.

"I just closed my eyes again and shot, " Datsyuk said. "And I heard the crowd."

Bacashihua wasn't happy with his own effort on the goal.

"A 2-on-1. I've got to save that," he said. "It's overtime, 2-on-1. It's a routine 2-on- 1. You see 20 of those in practice. It's a good shot, but I'd like to have it back, especially how the guys played."

Cleary tied it at 3, 4:33 into the third period with a power-play goal when he put in the rebound of his own tip attempt.

Drake's short-handed goal 42 seconds into the second period stretched the Blues' lead to 3-0. His slap shot from the top of the left circle beat Hasek high on the glove side. It was Drake's first goal of the season.

"We had a slow start," said Williams. "We wanted to get on top of them and get in on their D and we didn't do that ... You find yourself behind the eight-ball."

Detroit beat St. Louis 5-1 on Tuesday night in St. Louis and that gave Hasek hope.

"We scored five goals the last game against them," he said. "So we believed we could score a few more this game."

They had two before the middle period ended.

Lidstrom's 5-on-3 power-play goal got Detroit on the board 1:48 into the second period as he ripped a one-time slap shot from the high slot. Williams then converted a spectacular play by Lang into goal with 9:11 left in the period.

Lang beat St. Louis defenseman Christian Backman by putting the puck through Backman's legs in the high slot, made a move around another Blues' player and passed to Williams as he was being hit. Williams, at the bottom of the left circle, took a one-time shot and it trickled through Bacashihua's pads.

The Red Wings then outshot the Blues 19-7 in the third period.

"With the momentum, they just get better, better," said Drake, the team's captain. "They took it to us the last half of the game.

St. Louis led 2-0 after the first period on Cajanek's two goals.

Note: Detroit was playing its first game without D Danny Markov, who is out for three weeks with a broken right hand. The Red Wings were also without D Niklas Kronwall for the third straight game because of a sore groin. ... Detroit LW Johan Franzen missed his seventh game because of a concussion and knee injury. ... Four of Cajanek's six goals this season have come against the Red Wings. ... Detroit D Brett Lebda staggered off the ice with fewer than five minutes left in the first period after absorbing a flying forearm to the jaw from Drake behind the Red Wings' net. There was no penalty called. Lebda returned in the second period. ... Williams broke his 18-game goal drought. ... The Red Wings had two power-play goals in a game for the first time since Oct. 11.

scoring summary
1st Period
Petr Cajanek (5) ASST: Martin Rucinsky (12), Radek Dvorak (7)
1 - 0 STL
Petr Cajanek (6) ASST: Bill Guerin (7), Keith Tkachuk (15)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
SHG - Dallas Drake (1) ASST: Dan Hinote (2)
3 - 0 STL
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (7) ASST: Robert Lang (12), Mathieu Schneider (10)
3 - 1 STL
Jason Williams (4) ASST: Robert Lang (13), Chris Chelios (7)
3 - 2 STL
3rd Period
PPG - Daniel Cleary (9) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (11), Nicklas Lidstrom (17)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Pavel Datsyuk (5) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Martin Rucinsky  Holding against  Daniel Cleary
Radek Dvorak  Hooking against  Andreas Lilja
Henrik Zetterberg  Interference against  Bryce Salvador
Lee Stempniak  Holding against  Mikael Samuelsson
2nd Period
Bryce Salvador  Hooking against  Daniel Cleary
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Barret Jackman
Radek Dvorak  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
Dominik Hasek  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
Bill Guerin  Roughing against  Kris Draper
3rd Period
Doug Weight  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
Dennis Wideman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Keith Tkachuk  Elbowing against  Chris Chelios
Barret Jackman  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference against  Dan Hinote
Mikael Samuelsson  Holding against  Christian Backman
OT Period
goalie stats
Jason Bacashihua
Jason Bacashihua
SA: 43TOI: 63:23
Saves: 39EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .907SH: 2 - 2
Dominik Hasek
Dominik Hasek
SA: 21TOI: 62:53
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 2PP: 1 - 1
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