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Pulkkinen's OT goal lifts Red Wings past Blues

by Louie Korac /

ST. LOUIS -- Teemu Pulkkinen's power-play goal with 18.8 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

With Blues defenseman Colton Parayko sitting out an interference penalty, the Red Wings recovered a puck in the offensive zone after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a chance to clear and couldn't. Brad Richards' pass set up Pulkkinen's one-timer from the left circle that beat goalie Jake Allen top-shelf.

"It was a power play and I think we lost the faceoff so we had two guys going hard on the puck and we got the puck back," Pulkkinen said. "I think [Riley Sheahan] made a pass to [Richards] and [Richards] made a nice pass to me. That's my game. I try to shoot it when I have a chance, so it was nice to see the puck go in."

Pulkkinen's shot deflected off defenseman Alex Pietrangelo's stick and over Allen, who went down to cover the lower part of the net.

After the Blues won the faceoff, the puck hopped over Bouwmeester's stick and he tried to take it behind and around the Blues' goal. The Red Wings' forecheck kept the Blues from clearing it before Pulkkinen's sixth of the season.

"It's a hard play off the faceoff and goes against the boards," Bouwmeester said. "There's pressure and they've got more guys than you. Yeah, we wish we would have got it out, but it doesn't change anything. You're still trying to kill the penalty. The goal goes off a guy's stick. It's not like we gave him a wide-open net.

"Any time you take a penalty in overtime; I don't think it was a very good call, but that's the way it goes and you've got to try and kill it."

Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings (11-8-2), who won on back-to-back nights after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at home on Friday. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves.

"I thought it was the best back-to-back game we've had," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "The one Ottawa game [the back end of a home-and-home on Oct. 31] we were both in the same boat. In this one, they were rested, we weren't. So I thought from that aspect it was really good.

"They certainly pushed at times. They're a really good hockey team. But I thought we had lots of pushes back as well. I was happy with our overall performance. You don't want to give up a late lead. Obviously being in different conferences, though, we just want to make sure we get the points."

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and Kyle Brodziak and Jori Lehtera scored for the Blues (13-6-2), who got 28 saves from Allen. Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists to extend his point streak to five games.

Tarasenko tied the game 3-3 with 2:10 remaining when he took Shattenkirk's feed, raced up ice and cut through the slot into the left circle, patiently outwaited Howard and beat him with a wrist shot for his 13th goal of the season.

But the mood in the Blues' dressing room was that they were fortunate to get a point.

"I don't think it's a disappointment," Allen said. "I think we were lucky to get a point. I don't think we played our best as a group as a whole, myself included. [Tarasenko] saved us there and got us a point."

Coach Ken Hitchcock felt his team wasn't at its sharpest.

"I thought that we didn't win a lot of the puck fights that we have to win to beat that team," Hitchcock said. "I thought we allowed them to exit far too easy. What did they score, two goals in front of the net? I thought they won the front of the net. There were stages there that we did a good job, but I thought their tenacity in boxing us out was better than ours. I thought we had some guys that really played well and we had some guys who were a little off today."

Offense dominated the first period, with each team scoring twice.

The Red Wings struck first with Datsyuk's 76th point in 66 games against St. Louis. Datsyuk's first of the season came off Richards' pass from behind the net on a quick one-time shot from the slot 10:04 into the game.

The Blues scored twice in 1:40 to take a 2-1 lead. Brodziak's short-side wrist shot from the right circle beat Howard top-shelf at 13:10; it was his 100th career goal. Lehtera's redirection of Bouwmeester's shot-pass into the slot at 14:50 gave St. Louis the lead.

But Detroit tied it with 1:29 remaining when Glendening scored his first of the season off a rush, beating Shattenkirk to the space in the slot before firing a shot from the slot over Allen's right shoulder to make it 2-2.

Larkin was credited with his team-leading eighth goal at 8:42 of the second period and gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead when Henrik Zetterberg's wrist shot hit Larkin's chest and deflected past Allen.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Larkin is the first teenager to score in four straight games for the Red Wings since Steve Yzerman did it twice in the 1984-85 season.

"It's pretty cool," Larkin said. "I contributed more in the four games, but it's good to help the team."

Zetterberg's assist was his team-leading 18th point and his 67th point (42nd assist) in 62 games against St. Louis.

The Red Wings are 3-0-1 in their past four, all of which came in a six-day span.

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