Detroit Red Wings show signs of life in 5-4 shootout win at Arizona Coyotes
By JOSE M. ROMERO
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Detroit Red Wings’ streak of 25 straight postseason appearances is in serious jeopardy. If only the Atlantic Division’s last-place team could have more games like Thursday night against Arizona.
Gustav Nyquist’s shootout goal gave the struggling Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Coyotes.
Petr Mrazek stopped all three Arizona shots in the shootout and finished with 22 saves, and the Red Wings won for just the second time in seven games. Henrik Zetterberg, Mike Green and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Andreas Athansiou added two assists.
“We’ve got guys that can score in the shootout and our goalies have done a really good job stopping them,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
Mrazek stopped Coyotes shootout ace Radim Vrbata, who has 45 career goals in the tiebreaker, the most in NHL history. The Red Wings improved to 8-0 in shootouts this season.
Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist, and Vrbata, Lawson Crouse and Jakob Chychrun also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game win streak. Josh Jooris had two assists and Mike Smith had 29 saves.
The Coyotes have earned points in six of their last seven games.
The teams scored twice each in a back-and-forth third period. Zetterberg broke a 3-3 tie with 6:05 left to play, putting a left-handed shot past Smith. But Chychrun tied it for the Coyotes with 2 1/2 minutes to go.
Zetterberg tied Norm Ullman for sixth place all-time in goals in Red Wings history with 324.
“It was nice, first of all, to get the two points but also the way we did it,” Zetterberg said. “We came out pretty solid again, had a good start, then they come back and scored two … in the end it felt like we deserved two points.”
Green took a feed from Zetterberg, split a pair of defenders and backhanded a shot past Smith at 3:52 of the third, giving Detroit a 3-2 lead. The Coyotes tied it at 7:37, with Crouse finishing a 2-on-1 short-handed breakaway.