DETROIT (AP) -- Pavel Datsyuk came to the Detroit Red Wings' rescue again.
Ray Whitney's tiebreaking goal with 5:15 remaining lifted Detroit to a 2-1
victory over St. Louis on Monday night, snapping the Blues' nine-game unbeaten
The Red Wings are 6-1-1 in their past eight games against the Blues, who
have only lost two games -- both to Detroit -- in their past 14 (9-2-3).
Datsyuk scored the other Detroit goal and assisted on Whitney's winner.
Curtis Joseph made 24 saves, including several during a flurry in the final
"If you're the team up, you hope so," Joseph said when asked if the Red
Wings were in the heads of St. Louis' players. "And if you're the team that's
down, you hope not."
Dallas Drake scored the Blues' goal, and Chris Osgood made 22 saves.
After Datsyuk forced Alexander Khavanov into turning the puck over to Brett
Hull -- the puck finally glanced off Datsyuk's skate to Hull -- behind the St.
Louis net, Hull found Whitney in front. Whitney then put a shot past Chris
"I don't know, I don't know how," Datsyuk said when asked how he got the
puck away from Khavanov.
Datsyuk has scored or assisted on nine of the Red Wings' 17 goals the past
"I think you're looking at a guy who is learning the game day-by-day,"
Hull said about Datsyuk, who is tied for second in the NHL with 42 points.
St. Louis broke a scoreless tie 8:52 into the second period on Drake's
power-play goal. His shot from the bottom of the left circle beat Joseph, who
Detroit tied it 1-1 three minutes later on Datsyuk's short-handed goal.
After stealing the puck from Scott Mellanby at the Red Wings blue line,
Datsyuk went in on a breakaway as he fought off Christian Backman. Datsyuk's
shot hit Osgood's pads, bounced over the goaltender and into the net.
"We made a couple of key errors that cost us," Mellanby said. "It's part