DETROIT (AP) _ Brett Hull let only his familiar grin show what his latest
milestone meant to him.
Hull tied Dave Andreychuk's NHL record with his 263rd career power-play goal
and Kris Draper scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory
over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Hull scored on a one-timer _ the same way he has netted countless goals _ to
give Detroit a 2-0 lead in the second period.
He chose not to talk with reporters after the game, and didn't say anything
to Draper on the bench after scoring.
``I was sitting beside him when he came off and I said, `Did you realize
that?' and he just kind of gave me the Brett Hull smile,'' Draper said. ``It
was in typical fashion, too, with his one-timer.''
Hull, who has 737 goals in 18 seasons, moved past Marcel Dionne for third on
the NHL career list with his 732nd on Dec. 8. He trails only former Red Wings
great Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).
``Just think if Brett could really shoot,'' Howe joked.
Detroit's lineup of likely Hall of Famers seemingly reaches a milestone each
``I've spent so much money buying guys gifts for 500 goals, 600 goals, 700
goals or 1,000 points,'' said Mathieu Dandenault, who gave Detroit a 1-0 lead
in the first period. ``But this one I'll just give him a pat on the back.''
Hull's goal came from the right circle off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg. He
has 21 goals, eight on power plays, this season. Andreychuk has scored three
power-play goals this season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who did not play
Three goals were scored midway through the third period in a span of just
over three minutes.
Phoenix's Chris Gratton had a goal, then Detroit's Mathieu Schneider scored
before Fredrik Sjostrom got the Coyotes within 3-2.
Draper gave Detroit another two-goal cushion when his slap shot trickled
past Brian Boucher with 1:50 left.
``The one I'm mad about is the last one,'' said Boucher, who stopped 29
shots. ``It was 3-2 and I put the nail in the coffin.''
Draper added an empty-netter a minute later for his 23rd goal of the season.
Detroit's Manny Legace made 24 saves.
The Central Division-leading Red Wings are 6-1-2 in their last nine games
while Phoenix has won only one of its last 11 games (1-8-1-1).
``It was a good effort for 50 minutes, but the last 10, we made mistakes and
it cost us,'' Gratton said.
Playing his third position in three games, Dandenault scored midway through
the first period. He was back at defense after playing center and wing in the
two previous games.
``It was weird,'' he said.