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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT (AP) -The Great One is a fan of Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg scored twice, including a go-ahead goal early in the third period that was the 100th of his career, to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

"He doesn't get enough credit for being the elite player that he is," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He's definitely in that group of players.

"Unfortunately for us, we have to face him too many times."

Zetterberg smiled when Gretzky's comments were relayed.

"He's the best player we've ever had and when he says stuff like that, it makes you happy," said Zetterberg, who is in his fourth NHL season.

Robert Lang and Pavel Datsyuk also scored and Dominik Hasek had 20 saves for Detroit, which has won five straight to pull within a point of Central Division-leading Nashville.

The Red Wings have won 11 in a row at home - matching their longest winning streak in three years - and are 20-3-3 overall at Joe Louis Arena.

"It makes it easier to come to the rink," Zetterberg said. "We've been working really hard and that's why we're having success."

Owen Nolan and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix, which has lost four of six games.

"We didn't have enough of our players show up," Gretzky said. "It seems like the same five or six guys keep coming to play, then we have too many passengers.

"They deserved to win, and we deserved what we got."

Curtis Joseph stopped 44 shots to give the Coyotes a chance against one of his former teams.

"We didn't deserve to be in that game," Doan said. "They outplayed us for pretty much the whole game, but we had an incredible goaltender.

"Whenever you get that type of goaltending, you should expect to win the game because it's such an advantage. We let 'Cuj' down."

Phoenix had a 4-on-3 power play with just under 6 minutes left, but failed to put much pressure on Hasek. Datsyuk scored on an empty net in the final minute to seal the win.

"We weren't wonderful by any means," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Midway through the first period, Nolan put Phoenix ahead with a backhander over a sprawled-out Hasek on a goalmouth scramble. Lang's goal early in the second period ended Joseph's shutout streak of 124-plus minutes - just over two games.

Zetterberg's first goal made it 2-1 late in the second, and was a highlight-worthy play. He carried the puck along the right boards, swooped behind the net and hesitated just long enough for Joseph to go low so that he could go high on the wraparound shot.

His second goal went off a Phoenix player, but that didn't diminish it.

"The important stuff is to just get it in the net," he said after scoring a goal in his fourth straight game and contributing a point in his 13th consecutive home game.

Doan scored a power-play goal with 16.6 seconds left in the second period before the Red Wings dominated the final period as they have all season.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk scored in the final period - and Hasek didn't give up a goal - giving Detroit a 69-37 edge in third-period goals this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:06
PHX
Owen Nolan (13) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (32), Steve Reinprecht (12)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
04:51
DET
Robert Lang (14) ASST: Brett Lebda (10), Chris Chelios (10)
1 - 1 Tie
16:27
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (23) ASST: Danny Markov (11), Tomas Holmstrom (17)
2 - 1 DET
19:43
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (19) ASST: Yanic Perreault (14), Michael Zigomanis (5)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:22
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (24) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (38), Tomas Holmstrom (18)
3 - 2 DET
19:00
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (16) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (28)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
14:17
PHX
Oleg Saprykin  Hi-sticking against  Chris Chelios
2nd Period
16:48
PHX
Michael Zigomanis  Hooking against  Daniel Cleary
17:45
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference against  Nick Boynton
3rd Period
04:07
PHX
Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Tomas Holmstrom
05:43
PHX
Shane Doan  Tripping against  Tomas Holmstrom
06:23
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Curtis Joseph
11:04
DET
Kris Draper  Hooking against  Keith Ballard
13:41
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Yanic Perreault
13:41
PHX
Yanic Perreault  Diving against  Niklas Kronwall
14:03
DET
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Travis Roche
15:48
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Hi-sticking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 48TOI: 60:00
Saves: 44EV: 31 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Dominik Hasek
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0

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