(Photos courtesy of Norm Hall)
The Phoenix Coyotes just couldn't find a way to get the puck past Manny Legace.
Legace stopped all 23 shots he faced and Henrik Zetterberg scored the go ahead goal as the Detroit Red Wings came away with a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes in front of a sellout crowd of 17,799 fans at Glendale Arena.
"We worked extremely hard, we had some chances, but the puck just didn't go in for us," said Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph, who turned away 18 shots.
The Coyotes had numerous scoring chances on Legace, including one by Shane Doan in the second period when Legace slid across the crease and got a tip of his glove on a blistering slap shot from the right circle.
"We had some opportunities and I certainly had a couple of opportunities myself," said Doan who registered four shots on net. "(Legace) played well for them. He made some good saves when they needed him, but we have to find ways to bury our chances."
The Red Wings did just that at the 2:11 mark of the second period. While on the power play, Detroit cycled the puck continuously and found a wide open Zetterberg in front of the net. Zetterberg put a slick move on Joseph, going to his backhand and banging it in for his third goal of the season.
The Coyotes continued to try and even the score with consistent pressure on Legace in the third period, recording eight shots on net. Geoff Sanderson had the best chance of the night when on an odd man rush, he one-timed a shot from the left circle just to have Legace snatch it with his glove.
"I felt pretty comfortable tonight," said Legace, who recorded his seventh career shutout. "Every win feels good, but if you get a goose egg it's very rare, especially in this league. The guys are so good."
With 5:50 left in regulation, Datsyuk scored a critical insurance goal when he unleashed a rising slap shot past Joseph. Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom were credited with assists.
"Our players continue to work hard and we're very proud of our young players," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "We'll continue to work hard and bounces will eventually start to go our way."
KOLANOS IN THE LINEUP
Center Krystofer Kolanos was back in the lineup for the Coyotes. Kolanos, who missed the last game vs. Nashville, logged 4:45 of ice time.
Coyotes defenseman Denis Gauthier was injured in the second period and did not return. He will be re- eval uated on Sunday and is currently listed as day-to-day.
GOLDEN BRETT CALLS IT A CAREER
Future Hockey Hall of Famer, Brett Hull, announced his retirement today after playing 19 years in the National Hockey League. The 41-year old Hull leaves the NHL as the game's active goal scoring leader with 741, which also ranks third on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list.
"The NHL will miss Brett's skill, his scoring touch and his fun-loving attitude," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "He was a splendid, a passionate player and someone who never hesitated to speak his mind. His achievements further cement the Hull family legacy of hockey greatness."
Center Jeff Taffe and defenseman Sean O'Donnell were listed as healthy scratches for the Coyotes. Defenseman Jamie Rivers and forward Mark Mowers were scratched as well for the Red Wings.
HOWLER MAKES DEBUT
The new Coyotes mascot, "Howler", made his first appearance at Glendale Arena. The mascot will be present at all home games and will make appearances at community events, schools and team events throughout Arizona.