On a night when Chelios became the 11th defenseman in NHL
history to record 900 points, Devereaux scored the game-winning
goal with 2:23 left to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over
the St. Louis Blues.
With three wins in a row, and eight in 11 games, the Red Wings
are feeling good.
"I think we're obviously feeling a lot better about the way
we're playing," Devereaux said. "As a team, we're executing
better, and we're looking to improve on that."
Detroit coach Dave Lewis was also pleased.
"We came back," he said. "We never gave up. Then on a
bang-bang play, we got the game winner. But it was a consistent
effort for three periods."
The Red Wings executed Devereaux's game-winning play to
perfection. With the game tied 1-1, Devereaux scored the winner
from the slot when he buried a centering pass from Mathieu
Osgood knew it was coming, but was helpless to do anything about
"I saw he was by himself for quite a while," Osgood said. "I
was on top of him knowing that it was coming there. He just found a
hole between my pad and arm."
Detroit trailed 1-0 late in the second period when Chelios took
a shot from the right point that was blocked by Blues forward
Dallas Drake. The puck found its way to Brett Hull at the left
point, and he whipped a quick shot past Osgood.
"Nine out of 10 times, a guy's not going to be able to spin
around and shoot from there between all those guys, but Brett Hull
can do it," Osgood said.
"I don't even know why he shot the puck," Lewis said. "He
proved tonight any time he shoots it, it can go in."
The assist was the 723rd of Chelios' career. Chelios has seven
points this season on a goal and six assists.
Petr Cajanek scored his sixth goal for St. Louis.
With the win, the Red Wings moved into first place in the NHL's
Central Division. Detroit has 30 points, which is two more than St.
Louis, though the Red Wings have played four more games. The Blues
will visit Detroit on Thursday.
The loss snapped the Blues' five-game home winning streak.
Detroit had scored 13 goals in its last two games before
Saturday, but managed just two against Osgood, who made 26 saves.
Manny Legace stopped 21 shots for Detroit.
Legace's only mistake came 12:35 into the contest. Cajanek won a
faceoff to Legace's right and then got the puck off a scramble. He
beat Legace with a wrist shot to make it 1-0.
The Blues kept their one-goal advantage until Hull beat Osgood
with 4:48 left in the second period.
Hull has 728 goals, three behind Marcel Dionne for third
place on the NHL's career list. ... The Blues recalled defenseman
Aris Brimanis from Worcester of the AHL and placed forward Eric
Boguniecki on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. ... The Red
Wings have won eight of their last 11.