Kulfan: Wings show mettle with gutsy road win

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

This was a gutty win by the Red Wings.

Teemu Pulkkinen scored his sixth goal, with 18.8 seconds left in overtime, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues won the faceoff deep in their zone, but the puck squirted to Brad Richards at the top of the slot, who fed Pulkkinen in the circle and unleashed his big one-timer past goalie Jake Allen.

The Red Wings appeared to be headed toward a regulation win, but Vladimir Tarasenko scored his league-leading 13th goal, tying the game 3-3 at 17:50 of the third period.

With three goals in the last two games, it was the first time the Red Wings scored three or more goals in consecutive games in 15 outings (since the first two games of the season).

BOX SCORE: Red Wings 4, Blues 3 (OT)

Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, left, is congratulated by teammate Teemu Pulkkinen after scoring a goal during the first period. The Wings won in overtime 4-3 Saturday.

The Red Wings also earned points in four consecutive games against some of the better teams in the NHL — victories over Ottawa, Los Angeles and St. Louis, and one point against Washington.

Dylan Larkin again had a strong game for the Red Wings.

Larkin scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game, the first time a teenager has scored in four straight games for the Red Wings since Steve Yzerman in the 1984-85 season.

Larkin's goal wasn't a beauty, but it was effective.

Henrik Zetterberg's shot deflected off Larkin's body and past Blues goaltender Jake Allen at 8:42 of the second period.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots to earn the victory.

Both Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening scored their first goals of the season.

Kyle Brodziak and Jori Lehtera had Blues goals.

Playing their second game in two nights – and sixth game in nine days – the Red Wings were actually the stronger team as the game progressed.

They took an early 1-0 lead on Datsyuk's goal at 10:04 of the first period.

Brad Richards found Datsyuk alone in front, and Datsyuk one-timed the puck past Allen.

But the Blues scored twice in 1:40, Lehtera's tip giving the Blues a 2-1 lead at 14:50.

With the Blues beginning to carry the play, the Red Wings got a big goal from their fourth line tying the game.

Darren Helm carried the puck deep into the zone, the puck slid off Helm's stick, but Glendening batted the puck past Allen for his first goal.

Ferraro waived

Forward Landon Ferraro was placed on waivers Saturday afternoon.

Ferraro hasn't played since Nov. 6 when he injured his knee on a collision with Toronto's P.A. Parenteau.

Ferraro is close to returning and the Red Wings are in a roster crunch.

In 10 games this season, Ferraro has no points.

If Ferraro clears waivers at noon Sunday, he'll be assigned to Grand Rapids.