GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- On a night when one of the greatest
offensive players in NHL history retired, his former Detroit Red Wing teammates put on a show of defensive excellence.
The game was played two hours after the Coyotes' Brett Hull, a
former Detroit star and third-leading scorer in NHL history,
announced his retirement at a news conference.
"The boys have been playing real well in front of me," Legace
said. "I think this was our best defensive night. We didn't let
any breakaways or 2-on-1s."
Legace has played in every game.
"He's 5-1 and he plays every night," Detroit coach Mike
Babcock said. "We could easily have given him the night off. Why
wouldn't he play if he's playing good. When you're playing good,
you want to play."
Zetterberg crossed in front of Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph,
then backhanded the puck into the net scored from at 2:11 of the
second period. Datsyuk's goal was a brilliant left-handed one-timer
from the right circle on a long pass from Nicklas Lidstrom.
"Manny saved us today, not once, not twice, but a lot of
times," Zetterberg said. "It's because of him we got a win."
Joseph, back after missing two games with a groin injury, had 18
saves as Phoenix outshot the Red Wings 23-20.
Legace and his Detroit teammates smothered several Phoenix
opportunities in front of the net in the second period. In the
third period, Phoenix newcomer Geoff Sanderson had what appeared to
be an excellent chance, slapping a wrist shot toward the net from
close range, but Legace gloved it with his left hand.
It was the Red Wings' first road shutout since a 3-0 victory at
Calgary on Nov. 4, 2003. Detroit's last shutout came at home, 2-0
against Colorado on March 27, 2004. Legace was the goalie in both
of those games. He has seven career NHL shutouts.
The Coyotes fell to 1-4-1 under coach Wayne Gretzky, who said
his team has played well defensively.
"As I said to the players after the game, the difference right
now is a team like Detroit, you can feel their belief," Gretzky
said. "They believe in what they're doing and they believe they're
going to win. You have that feeling when you walk by their locker
room. And our team is a little bit fragile right now."
With 9:30 left in the first period, during a stop in play, a
brief highlight video of Hull's career was shown. Everyone in the
arena, including the players on both benches, gave Hull a standing
The Coyotes unveiled their new mascot "Howler." ... As is
usually the case when Detroit comes to town, the game was a sellout
(17,799), Phoenix's second in three games this season. ... The Red
Wings have five players with at least three goals, the Coyotes have
none. ... It was the first game for Phoenix this season that was
decided by more than one goal. ... Phoenix defenseman Denis
Gauthier left the game with a hand injury. Gretzky said it probably