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Schneider hat-trick sparks Wings' rout

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) -- Mathieu Schneider had three goals and an assist to lift the Red Wings to a 9-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice, Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, Henrik Zetterberg and Jason Williams had a goal and an assist each, and Kirk Maltby also scored for Detroit. Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists, and Niklas Kronwall chipped in with two.

Dominik Hasek made 19 saves for the Wings, who last scored nine-goals on Feb. 13, 1996.

For Schneider, in his 18th season as an NHL defenseman, Wednesday's hat trick was the second of his career. His other was last Nov. 26.

Mike Comrie and Ed Jovanovski scored for Phoenix. Former Wings goalie Curtis Joseph allowed seven goals on 29 shots before being replaced by Mike Morrison to start the third period.

The Wings broke open a 2-1 game with five goals in the middle frame.

Schneider scored his second at 2:10, and Williams had a power-play goal with 9:41 left. The Wings then scored three times in a span of 1:48 late in the period.

Schneider completed his hat trick with 3:31 remaining, Datsyuk scored at 17:55 and Samuelsson got his goal with 1:43 to go.

Maltby and Samuelsson's second goal came in the third period.

Zetterberg opened the scoring for Detroit with a power-play goal. But Comrie tied it for Phoenix just 46 seconds later.

Schneider gave the Wings a 2-1 lead with his first goal, which came with 6:12 remaining in the opening period.
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