Datsyuk scores late in OT to lift Red Wings over Blues
Detroit Red Wings Danny DeKeyser puts his shoulder into St. Louis Blues David Backes in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 15, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI By BILL GREENBLATT
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek of the Czeck Republic makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 15, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI By BILL GREENBLATT
Detroit Red Wings Stephen Weiss (90) takes down St. Louis Blues Carl Gunnarsson in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 15, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia loses the puck after being checked by Detroit Red Wings Danny DeKeyser in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 15, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS (AP) Pavel Datsyuk scored at 4:57 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Detroit won for the fourth time in five games and completed a six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves and improved to 3-0 in four career appearances against St. Louis.
Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar scored in a 60-second span in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Datsyuk's 14th goal of the season helped Detroit improve to 5-9 in overtime.
David Backes and Alexander Steen had goals for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Steen scored with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 2-2.
Andersson scored his first goal of the season with 1:56 left off a scramble in front of the net. Tatar tallied his team-high 18th by picking up the rebound of a shot by Jonathan Ericsson.
Backes cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal early in the third period.
Mrazek, filling in for Jimmy Howard, who is out two-to-four weeks with a groin injury, improved to 7-3-1.
St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott, who fell to 11-6-1, made 21 saves.
The Red Wings have won their last three games in St. Louis by a combined score of 11-3.
NOTES: The Blues granted G Martin Brodeur a one-week leave of absence on Wednesday. The 42-year-old Brodeur, who signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2, went 3-3 with a 2.87 goals against average. ... The Blues have played the Red Wings 276 times, second-most of any opponent in franchise history behind Chicago (293). Detroit, which entered the game averaging 30.6 shots per game, managed just three through the first 31:42. ... Jincy Dunne, who scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the United States Women's U-18 team to a 3-2 win over Canada in the goal medal game Monday in Buffalo, dropped the first puck. She is from the St. Louis suburb of O'Fallon, Missouri.