Nyquist's shootout goal gives Detroit a win over Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gustav Nyquist scored the lone goal of the shootout and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday at Gila River Arena.
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Dylan Larkin, Tomas Tatar, Mike Green and Henrik Zetterberg scored in regulation for Detroit, which got 22 saves from Peter Mrazek to win for just the second time in its last eight games (2-5-1).
Radim Vrbata, Alex Goligoski, Lawson Crouse and Jakob Chychrun scored for Arizona, which got 29 saves from Mike Smith but saw its three-game winning streak end.
Detroit scored on a first-period power play, with Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy off for hooking. Andreas Athansiou took a wrist shot from the left circle that Smith stopped, but Riley Sheahan swept the rebound to Larkin before Smith could freeze it and Larkin lifted a high shot over Smith for a 1-0 lead at 8:11.
The Coyotes tied the game at 1:53 of the second period when Christian Dvorak collected a loose puck and slipped a pass to Vrbata all alone at the right circle. Vrbata beat Mrazek to the upper-left corner of the net for his team-leading 17th goal. Mrazek appeared to be off his angle toward the short side, giving Vrbata extra net.
Arizona took a 2-1 lead at 3:56 of the period when defenseman Alex Goligoski's centering pass banked off Detroit defenseman Mike Green's skate and past Mrazek.
The Red Wings tied it 2-2 on a power play 49 seconds later, with Jordan Martinook in the box for slashing. Green's initial shot went wide, but Smith fell to his belly and could not recover for Tatar's shot from the left circle.
Detroit had the league's worst road power play entering the game, with eight goals in 98 opportunities. The Wings had been in a 1-for-15 slump on the power play in seven overall previous March contests. It was only the second time since Nov. 29 that the Red Wings managed as many as two power play goals in a game.
NOTES: Red Wings RW Mitch Callahan replaced Luke Glendening in the lineup. ... Coyotes RW Teemu Pulkkinen was in the lineup, marking just his second game since the Coyotes acquired him on Feb. 26. He had been a healthy scratch the last six games. Pulkkinen replaced RW Anthony Duclair, who was a healthy scratch. Duclair has no goals and one point in six games since being recalled from Tucson of the AHL. ... Coyotes D Kevin Connauton (upper body) and C Alexander Burmistrov (concussion) missed their seventh and eighth straight games. ... Coyotes C Brad Richardson (broken right tibia and fibula) is on injured reserve. ... The Red Wings recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Thursday in case of emergency, then sent him back to Grand Rapids later in the day.
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