Red Wings 5, Blues 3
DETROIT (AP) _ Paul Ysebaert’s goal with 1:22 to play, his second of the game, broke a tie and the Detroit Red Wings went on for a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Ysebaert intercepted Ron Wilson’s clearing pass and fired a shot that deflected off Garth Butcher’s skate and past Curtis Joseph. Ray Sheppard added an empty net goal with 45 seconds left.
The win was Detroit’s third straight, and gives them five wins in six games against St. Louis.
Brett Hull’s 57th goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 6:46 of the first period, but Detroit’s Russian stars teamed up to tie the score five minutes later.
With fellow Russian and future teammate Viacheslav Kozlov looking on, Vladimir Konstantinov collected the puck next to his net, and fired a lead pass to Sergei Fedorov at center ice. Fedorov broke in on Joseph and beat him for his 23rd goal.
Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit a 2-1 lead at 12:15 on the second with a power-play goal, blasting a slap shot from the point into the top corner for his ninth goal.
Butcher re-tied the score at 5:25 of the third, then the teams traded goals to make it 3-3.
Ysebaert gave Detroit a short-lived lead at 9:54, one-timing Shawn Burr’s pass for his 28th goal, but 27 seconds later, Jeff Brown put a shot just under the crossbar for his 13th goal, and the third tied score of the night.
Fedorov nearly made it 4-3 late in the third, but Hull blocked his shot just before it entered the open net, and seconds later, Kevin Miller hit the goal post.
After the game, both Wilson and Joseph were blaming themselves for Ysebaert’s game-winner.
″I made a rookie mistake,″ Wilson said. ″I was trying to throw it cross- ice to Hull, over (Ysebaert’s) head, and I just didn’t get it high enough. It was just a bad play.″
Joseph, meanwhile, was upset that he couldn’t react to the deflection off Butcher’s skate.
″He was far enough out that I should’ve got hit,″ said last week’s NHL Player of the Week. ″It was just a lucky break for Detroit. Things had been going well for us, so we were due to have something go against us.″
Ysebaert was thankful to get the two late goals after struggling for the first two periods. At one point, he had a breakaway, and failed to get a shot on goal.
″I hit rock bottom when I lost puck on the breakaway,″ Ysebaert said. ″There was nowhere to go but up.″
Associate coach Doug MacLean, coaching the Red Wings while Bryan Murray serves a league suspension, wasn’t worried about Ysebaert’s slump.
″Everyone goes through slow spots,″ MacLean said. ″When you are a scorer, and Paul is, eventually they will go in.″
Despite another loss to Detroit, St. Louis coach Brian Sutter was happy with his team’s effort.
″We played a helluva first period, and got the momentum, but in the second, they got three power plays in 12 minutes and killed us,″ he said. ″We got going again in the third, and it was an even game. It’s just a shame that a game like this had to be decided on a turnover. You can’t do that against the league’s highest-scoring team.″
The Red Wings didn’t miss ex-Blue Adam Oates.
″Hull and Oates used to get 20 or 25 minutes a game, and they were like (Joe) Montana and (Jerry) Rice,″ Cheveldae said. ″Now, Hull’s still getting the ice time, but with a bunch of different guys on his line. He’s still pretty dangerous, though.″