Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, makes the save on a penalty shot by Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan during the second period. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
Glendale, Arizona — The Red Wings were cruising to victory, then saw this game go completely haywire.
Phoenix roared back with five unanswered goals Saturday and defeated Detroit, 5-2, ending a four-game Red Wings win streak.
“We can’t like it very much; they worked harder and we turned over too many pucks,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t good enough and we didn’t have enough people going tonight.”
To add an exclamation point to the Phoenix victory, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith scored into an empty net with one-tenth of a second left to cap the scoring.
Smith became the 11th goalie all-time to be credited with a goal in the regular season or playoffs.
“The guys were in my face, so I didn’t actually see it until I saw a replay,” Smith said. “I do shoot the puck quite often in practice, but an awful lot of things have to go right for that to happen.
“I was able to score in the ECHL (for Lexington) my first year as a pro (2002-03) and it was the same thing. Everything has to work right and the clock has to slow down at the right time to let it trickle over the line. It was just a bonus to a great win.”
Coyotes forwards Mike Ribeiro scored two goals and Martin Hanzal added another in the third period, as Phoenix (5-2-2, 12 points) shattered what had been a 2-1 advantage for the Red Wings (6-3-0, 12 points).
Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored first-period goals for the Red Wings.
“We started the game real good,” forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “We couldn’t come out with a push in the third period and they scored.”
Ribeiro tied the score, 2-2, at 5:07 of the third period.
He won the faceoff and got the puck to defenseman Derek Morris, who found Mikkel Boedker on the half wall.
Boedker’s shot was stopped by Jimmy Howard, but Ribeiro pounced on the rebound and scored his second goal of the season.
Hanzal gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead on a bad break for the Red Wings.
Henrik Zetterberg attempted to chip the puck ahead but it hit a linesman. Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski gathered the puck and fed Hanzal alone for a breakaway, beating Howard low at 7:08 for his second goal.
“He (linesman) tried to get out of the way and I hit him,” Zetterberg said. “Suddenly they had a breakaway. Sometimes you try to make the right play and it doesn’t work.
“But that’s the way it is. They play a tight game and they took advantage of the chances they got.”
Ribeiro then capped the flurry with another goal (his third) at 13:15, unguarded to the side of Howard.
Considering the Coyotes played the night before in Anahiem (a shootout loss) and the Red Wings had a day off in the Phoenix sunshine, it was surprising to see the Coyotes with so much more jump than the Red Wings.
“We didn’t have enough,” Babcock said. “After a day of rest we should have been fresher and much better and we weren’t.”
Datsyuk opened the scoring at 4:47 of the first period.
Bertuzzi increased the lead to 2-0 at 8:02.
Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek attempted to carry the puck out but Bertuzzi stripped him.
Bertuzzi wheeled around and went in alone on Smith, lifting a wrist shot past the goalie for his second goal, unassisted.
“We had good control of the game,” Babcock said.
The Red Wings appeared to take a 3-0 lead at 10:08 of the second period with a Zetterberg goal, but it was waved off after Smith crumbled to the ice in pain. Smith said he felt a piercing pain in his neck, immediately dropping to the ice.
“I don’t know how he went down, but it was strange,” Zetterberg said. “But at the same time, if Howard went down and they scored, we would have reacted the same way.”
Howard came through with a big stop in the second period on Shane Doan’s penalty shot.
Brendan Smith was whistled for dragging down Doan at 3:46. But Howard made a pad save on Doan, keeping the lead at 2-0.
Phoenix was able to get on the board with one minute left in the period, which changed the complexion of the game.
Forward Antoine Vermette and Rob Klinkhammer went in 2-on-1, with Vermette lifting a wrist shot from just inside the circle that beat Howard over his left shoulder.
“We turn the puck over and next thing you know they have the momentum going into the third period,” Howard said. “Still, there’s no excuse. We had the lead (2-1) and we have to find a way to grind out a win like that on the road.”