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Red Wings 4, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 4, Blues 1
Detroit Red Wings 4, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings just keep rolling along.

Yzerman scored his 690th goal to tie Mario Lemieux for eighth place on the career list and help the NHL-leading Red Wings clinch a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

However, you won't hear Yzerman compare himself to Lemieux.

"I don't really know the significance," Yzerman said. "If anything, it shows how good (Lemieux) is; he played almost five years less than I did."

The 40-year-old Yzerman scored midway through the second period off a scrum that started with Niklas Kronwall's shot from the slot. Blues goalie Patrick Lalime made the save on Kronwall, but the rebound ended up on Yzerman's stick just to the left of the goal, and the Detroit captain buried it for his 12th goal of the season.

Next up for Yzerman is Mark Messier, seventh with 694 goals.

"It's fantastic to be around," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "It shows you how much he loves the game. When you look at the leadership we have, that's why we win on a consistent basis."

Especially in March. The Red Wings are 10-1-2 this month and 89-31-17 in March since 1994-95.

Babcock said there was no secret to the Red Wings' success Monday.

"We just rolled (the lines) one, two, three, four," Babcock said. "It didn't matter. We let our guys go, and it kind of worked out well."

Kirk Maltby, Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit.

Manny Legace made 20 saves for the Red Wings. His bid for a second straight shutout was ruined when the Petr Cajanek scored of a faceoff with 57.3 seconds left on a slow-developing play.

"It's unfortunate it took an hour and a half to get to that puck," Legace said. "There were three guys in front of the net and they just touched it to Cajanek. My leg wasn't long enough to get there, but we got the win and that's the most important thing."

The Blues dropped all four games on their homestand and have lost seven in a row overall, marking the third time that St. Louis has lost at least seven straight. Heading into this season, the longest losing streak in Blues' history was seven games.

"This homestand is probably the most embarrassing in my career," Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said. "I don't like what I see. I know I always say I've got to be a lot better. Our better players have got to rise to the occasion and lead."

Maltby put the Blues behind early when he broke in on right wing and beat Lalime with a wrist shot from the right circle just 2:01 into the contest.

After Yzerman made it 2-0 at 9:45 of the second period, Franzen put the game away 47 seconds later when he scored off his own rebound.

"We had a game plan," Tkachuk said. "We just couldn't execute."

Notes: Detroit is the only team in the NHL that has not been shut out this season. ... Scott Young leads the Blues in scoring with 46 points and is the only St. Louis player with more than 40. Detroit has eight players with 50 or more points. ... The Red Wings are 33-0-2 when leading after two periods and the Blues are 0-28-4 when trailing after two.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:01
DET
Kirk Maltby (5) ASST: Daniel Cleary (11), Nicklas Lidstrom (58)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
09:45
DET
Steve Yzerman (12) ASST: Robert Lang (37), Niklas Kronwall (5)
2 - 0 DET
10:32
DET
Johan Franzen (11) ASST: Kirk Maltby (6), Daniel Cleary (12)
3 - 0 DET
3rd Period
00:34
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (25) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (42), Mikael Samuelsson (18)
4 - 0 DET
19:02
STL
Petr Cajanek (10) ASST: Timofei Shishkanov (1), Jeff Woywitka (2)
4 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
06:22
DET
Andreas Lilja  Holding
06:53
DET
Kris Draper  Holding
15:01
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking
17:24
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hooking
19:56
STL
Mark Rycroft  Hooking
2nd Period
03:53
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking
07:25
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Interference
16:31
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hooking
3rd Period
03:08
STL
Jesse Boulerice  Interference
03:56
STL
Dennis Wideman  Hooking
10:21
DET
Steve Yzerman  Hooking
15:30
DET
Robert Lang  Hooking
19:27
STL
Dennis Wideman  Delay of game
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 21TOI: 59:31
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .952SH: 2 - 2
Patrick Lalime
SA: 32TOI: 59:50
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2