- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings netted three goals on three shots within 46 seconds of a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Tomas Kopecky, Brett Lebda and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Chris Osgood stopped 30 shots for Detroit, which is tied for the NHL lead with 99 points.

The Blues, fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, got a goal and assist from T.J. Oshie. Jeff Woywitka also scored for St. Louis, which is on the outside edge of a playoff position.

The Red Wings struck quickly to grab a 3-1 lead on goals by Datsyuk, Kopecky and Lebda. Datsyuk and Kopecky scoring 10 seconds apart.

Datsyuk tied it 4:40 into the second after the Blues failed to dump a puck deep in the Detroit zone and then made a poor line change that sprung Datsyuk loose.

Kopecky scored his sixth of the season when the Blues got caught in their own end while Detroit picked its way through the Blues zone.

Lebda made it 3-1 just 36 seconds later. He intercepted a bad clearing pass by defenseman Barret Jackman and snapped a shot over the glove of Chris Mason at 5:26. Jackman was also called for roughing at the end of the play.

The Blues got a goal back when Woywitka one-timed a cross-ice feed from Oshie from the right circle at 9:08 of the second. Osgood preserved the 3-2 lead when he made a pad save from point blank range on Jay McClement with 4:55 left in the period.

Datsyuk’s second of the game with 35 seconds remaining in the second gave Detroit a two-goal lead again. Woywitka turned over the puck in his own end, allowing Datsyuk to throw a shot from the far right circle through a screen and past Mason.

Mason was replaced after the second period by St. Louis native Ben Bishop and returned briefly with 5:11 remaining.

A good cycle of the puck enabled the Blues to take a 1-0 edge when Oshie converted a centering feed from Andy McDonald with 5:16 left in the first period.

The Blues outshot Detroit 16-4 in the third period but could not get anything past Osgood, who blanked the Blues the previous time Detroit visited on March 3.

Notes:@ Red Wings RW Marian Hossa returned to the lineup after hurting his neck in Detroit’s game at St. Louis 11 days earlier. Hossa crashed into the corner boards headfirst and was taken off the ice on a gurney. … Blues centers Patrik Berglund (stiff back) and Alex Steen (hip) returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s 3-1 win over San Jose. … The Red Wings are on a 7-0-1 surge against the Blues and have won five straight in St. Louis. … Oshie became the 10th Blues player to score 10 goals this season. … Red Wings C Valtteri Filppula left the game in the second period due to back spasms.

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