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.”
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 partof hockey.”
The Blues were without LW Keith Tkachuk (ankle) and C Peter Cajanek (sore neck). … Datsyuk’s goal broke a scoreless stretch of 97 minutes, 58 seconds for the Red Wings. Their previous goal, in Friday’s 3-2 win over Chicago, was also scored short-handed by Nicklas Lidstrom. … St. Louis’ DougWeight didn’t play in the third period because he reaggravated a groin injury.