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Adrian Aucoin's OT goal gives Coyotes 3-2 win over Wings

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Adrian Aucoin's OT goal gives Coyotes 3-2 win over Wings
Detroit Red Wings 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3

The Phoenix Coyotes are getting the breaks that go along with playing well.

The Coyotes made four wins in a row when Adrian Aucoin's harmless-looking wrist shot beat Chris Osgood 1:57 into overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

The surprising Coyotes (6-2-0) now own a four-game winning streak for the first time in nearly two years after beating Detroit for only the second time in their last 13 meetings. They've won six of their first eight games for just the third time in franchise history and the first time since 2000-01.

They did it by coming from behind in the final minutes of regulation -- Petr Prucha jammed the puck under Osgood with 2:40 left to force overtime -- before Aucoin took a nondescript wrister from near the right boards above the circle and saw it hit Osgood and deflect into the net.

It was a tough loss for Wings coach Mike Babcock to swallow.

"It's very disappointing," he said. "I thought we had the game under control. We got a point and we did a lot of good things, but it's a disappointing loss."

Aucoin was also involved in the game's first goal. His 45-foot straightaway slap shot hit Osgood and popped into the air, where Matthew Lombardi swatted it into the net for a power-goal at 16:30 of the opening period.

Detroit tied it with 19.3 seconds left when Tomas Holmstrom tipped Henrik Zetterberg's pass behind Ilya Bryzgalov for a power-play goal. The Wings went ahead 7:45 into the second when defenseman Brett Lebda raced down from the left point into the circle and fired Pavel Datsyuk's perfect cross-slot pass into a wide-open net for his first goal of the season.

The Wings were less than three minutes from winning the opener of a five-game road trip when Martin Hanzal picked off a pass along the right boards and fed Zbynek Michalek at the left point. Michalek worked his way into the circle and backhanded the puck into Osgood's pass, where Prucha was battling a pair of defenders. Everyone piled into Osgood -- and the puck hit Prucha and trickled into the net. A video review allowed the goal.

"I like the way Prucha goes to the net," coach Dave Tippett said. "Those goals are hard -- you have to go into the hard places to get them."

Added captain Shane Doan: "We've had a couple of games at home where we were down going into the third, and we knew there were going to be ugly goals. We have to keep going to the net, keep throwing the puck at the net.

"We're going to go until the whistle blows, and when the puck's in there, we're going to keep swinging at it. It wasn't very pretty, but it counted."

Not surprisingly, Babcock saw it differently.

"I thought they pushed Ozzie into the net," he said. "The bottom line is that's what (the referees) decided."

The Coyotes, who are trying to rebuild their fan base after spending the summer in federal bankruptcy court, could use more games like this one.

"We've got a long way to go," Doan said. "It's important for us to have a good start to give the fans something to talk about."

scoring summary
1st Period
16:30
PHX
PPG - Matthew Lombardi (3) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (4), Shane Doan (6)
1 - 0 PHX
19:40
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (5) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (3), Henrik Zetterberg (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:45
DET
Brett Lebda (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (4), Henrik Zetterberg (8)
2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
17:20
PHX
Petr Prucha (2) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (4), Martin Hanzal (2)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:57
PHX
Adrian Aucoin (2) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (2), Vernon Fiddler (3)
3 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
16:18
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Martin Hanzal
19:32
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Interference against  Brian Rafalski
2nd Period
02:02
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding the stick against  Taylor Pyatt
09:50
PHX
Scottie Upshall  Slashing against  Kirk Maltby
09:50
DET
Kirk Maltby  Roughing against  Adrian Aucoin
09:50
DET
Kirk Maltby  Roughing against  Adrian Aucoin
09:50
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Roughing against  Kirk Maltby
09:50
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Hi-sticking against  Kirk Maltby
18:50
PHX
Taylor Pyatt  Holding the stick against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
03:45
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Tripping against  Robert Lang
10:04
PHX
Jim Vandermeer  Slashing against  Kirk Maltby
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 33TOI: 61:39
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 27TOI: 61:55
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0