DETROIT (AP) _ All the Detroit Red Wings needed Friday night were their
special teams and Henrik Zetterberg.
Zetterberg had two power-play goals and an assist in a 5-1 victory over the
St. Louis Blues.
Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, Kirk Maltby scored a short-handed
goal and Darren McCarty got the other goal. Brett Hull added two assists for
Detroit, which has won six of its last seven games.
``Our power play took away everything we could have achieved,'' said St.
Louis coach Joel Quenneville. ``We gave up a short-handed goal, two power-play
goals and all of them could have been prevented.''
Doug Weight scored for St. Louis, which had its three-game winning streak
Maltby's short-handed effort was the only goal of the first period.
With McCarty off for unsportsmanlike conduct, Maltby picked up a rebound of
Steve Yzerman's shot in front of the net and slid a backhand shot past
goaltender Reinhard Divis.
``I followed it up, the puck was just sitting there,'' said Maltby. ``Made a
move and put it into the open net. Pretty much a garbage goal.''
But it set the tone for the game.
``The short-handed goal changed the momentum we had built from three games
before,'' said Divis.
Zetterberg scored both his goals in the second period, tipping pucks into
the open side of the net.
``It was two easy tap-ins. Two great plays by Whitney,'' said Zetterberg.
``On the second one, I just had my weight on my sick and it hit it and went
Zetterberg has four goals and eight assists in his last nine games.
``I think on the same line (with Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom),
that's a big key,'' he said.
Weight's goal was sandwiched between Zetterberg's pair. Weight tipped a pass
from Keith Tkachuk past goalie Manny Legace from the slot.
McCarty got his third-period goal when he one-timed a shot from the slot
after a pass from Steve Thomas.
``It was a good game, a game we really needed to win,'' said McCarty. ``We
played hard and Manny made some great saves.''
Whitney scored with 3:52 remaining.
``It's tough to play in this building,'' said St. Louis defenseman Eric
Weinrich. ``I've played on a lot of teams and it's been tough every time.''