DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Yzerman merely shrugged his shoulders and reacted in
typical, aw-shucks manner after becoming the seventh NHL player to reach 1,700
"It's a nice number," Detroit's star center said after the Red Wings tied
Phoenix 3-3 Friday night. "But I don't know, I've played a long time, and
things gradually add up over the years."
Yzerman assisted on Kris Draper's goal that tied it at 1 early in the second
period. The Detroit captain has 672 goals and 1,028 assists in 1,418
regular-season games, all with the Red Wings.
Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux, who had season-ending surgery on his hip this
week, is just ahead on Yzerman on the list with 1,701 points.
Henrik Zetterberg salvaged a point for the Red Wings, who have an NHL-best
61 points, when his backhander ended a goal-mouth scramble with a 1:44 left in
"It squirted loose and that's unfortunate," Phoenix coach Bob Francis
said. "You come to Detroit and get a point, and you can't argue with that.
Unfortunately, we had the lead and let it get away."
Zetterberg was glad the Red Wings didn't lose on the night Yzerman reached
his latest milestone.
"It's a great honor just to be on the same team, and in the same locker
room with him," he said. "He's been around for 21 years. I was 2 when he got
Detroit's Curtis Joseph made a few saves in the final minute to make sure
the game wouldn't be decided in regulation. He was showered with "Cu-jo!
Cu-jo!" chants during the short break before overtime. He made 27 saves.
Joseph has become a fan favorite for the Red Wings -- who tried to trade him
earlier this season when Dominik Hasek ended his one-year retirement -- but have
now decided to keep three goaltenders. Hasek, who missed his 30th game, was
placed on injured reserve Monday because of a groin injury.
Brian Boucher made 31 saves for Phoenix. The Coyotes are 0-2-1 since
Boucher's record shutout streak ended with a 1-1 tie against Atlanta on Jan.
"It was an exciting game, but we didn't come here to put on a show,"
Boucher said. "We came here to get two points, and we were (1:44) away from
Fredrik Sjostrom scored a go-ahead goal for Phoenix midway through the third
period. Sjostrom pounced on the puck, made it dance on both sides of his stick
and beat Joseph high with a backhander -- after Mathieu Dandenault lost the puck
in Detroit's end.
"I feel awful," Dandenault said.
Early in the second period, Chris Chelios put Detroit ahead 2-1, but Daymond
Langkow tied the game midway through the period.
Brian Savage scored the first goal late in the first period. Draper
deflected Nicklas Lidstrom's shot -- after Yzerman passed him the puck -- for his
19th goal to tie the game in the second period.
While Yzerman was reluctant to talk about himself -- as usual -- his coach,
and former teammate, Dave Lewis struggled to even address Yzerman's milestone.
"I'm not smart enough to describe what he's meant; I don't have enough
adjectives," Lewis said. "You could write a book about his career and you
could read the whole 800-page book, and that would not be enough to describe