GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock would love
Kirk Maltby to score more.
Maltby had a pair of second-period goals and Henrik Zetterberg
added a goal and an assist as the Red Wings rallied to beat the
Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 on Saturday night.
"Kirk Maltby can really shoot but he chooses not to most of the
time," Babcock said.
Maltby broke a 2-2 tie with 25.5 seconds left in the second when
he one-timed a pass from Zettenberg from the right faceoff circle
over Mikael Tellqvist's extended glove.
Maltby also had scored at 11:26 of the second period,
redirecting Chris Chelios' blast from the right point past
Tellqvist to tie the game 2-2.
"Whoever I'm playing with usually gets on me to shoot more,"
Maltby said. "It's part of playing safe and making the safe play.
It's something you've got be conscious of but it's all part of
going out there and playing with confidence."
Jiri Hudler and Brett Lebda also scored for the Red Wings, who
have won three of their last four. Chelios added a pair of
"We have great depth on this team and tonight we proved that,
rolling four lines and having a lot of guys score," Zetterberg
Only a loss in Anaheim marred an otherwise perfect trip.
"People don't understand what a fine line it is between
swimming and drowning in this league," Babcock said.
Zetterberg leads the NHL with 17 points and has at least one
point in each of Detroit's first nine games, a career-best scoring
Steve Reinprecht and Derek Morris scored for the Coyotes, who
lost all three games of their abbreviated homestand. Phoenix has
lost five of six since opening the season with a 3-2 home win over
"They outskated us on the ice, their top guys played at will
and we seemed to be overwhelmed," said Coyotes coach Wayne
Detroit made it 4-2 with 15:03 to go when Tellqvist went behind
the net to leave the puck for defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Matt Ellis
beat Jovanovski to the puck and passed it out front to Lebda for
the shot into the vacated net.
Zetterberg made it 5-2 with 5:22 remaining on a rebound of a
shot by Tomas Holmstrom.
Hudler gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 4:37 into the game, tapping
a rebound into the net from the left edge of the crease as two
other Detroit players crashed the net.
The Coyotes evened the score when Peter Mueller stole the puck
from Pavel Datsyuk just outside the Red Wings zone and hit
Reinprecht in stride between the circles for the goal at 12:45 of
the first period.
"It's not our young guys," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan,
who remained without a goal for the season. "Our young guys are
playing great. They are doing everything we could ask of them.
Everything and then some. It has nothing to do with the young guys
why we've lost three in a row. It's the older guys in the dressing
room. the younger guys are playing great."
Morris made it 2-1 at 17:15 of the period on a blast from the
The Red Wings have won five straight in Phoenix dating back
to January 24, 2004. ... Zetterberg has 12 goals and 11 assists in
17 career games against the Coyotes. ... The Red Wings have scored
three or more goals in all but one game this season. ... Zetterberg
lost an apparent goal midway through the first when Holmstrom was
whistled for goaltender interference. "What can you do," Holstrom
said. "One foot in shouldn't be a big difference. You get hit
around the net and it's tough to know where you are."
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Arena: Gila River Arena Location: Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Brad Meier Linesmen: Derek Amell, Jay Sharrers
Attendance: 14,154 (82.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jiri Hudler (1)
Assists: Daniel Cleary, Niklas Kronwall
Steve Reinprecht (1)
Assist: Peter Mueller
Derek Morris (2)
Assists: Martin Hanzal, Daniel Winnik
Kirk Maltby (1)
Assists: Chris Chelios, Tomas Kopecky
Kirk Maltby (2)
Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom
Brett Lebda (1)
Assists: Matt Ellis, Chris Chelios
Henrik Zetterberg (7)
Assists: Tomas Holmstrom, Pavel Datsyuk