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."