DETROIT (AP) — The banged-up Red Wings controlled the puck, put 37 shots on net and broke out of their offensive slump with four goals.
That still wasn’t enough to beat one of the worst teams in the NHL.
Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game in overtime, and Mike Smith made 33 saves to lead the Arizona Coyotes over Detroit 5-4 on Tuesday night.
“(Oliver Ekman-Larsson) gave me a nice pass, and I got a lot of speed going,” Arcobello said of his breakaway goal at 3:08 of overtime. “I was lucky enough to find a hole.”
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Coyotes, who have the worst record in the Western Conference. David Moss also had two goals for Arizona, his second and third of the season.
The Red Wings, who managed only four goals in the previous three games, have lost seven of 10 and are clinging to third place in the Atlantic Division — five points ahead of the surging Ottawa Senators.
“The puck went in our net, and we did tons of good things here tonight,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We got a huge point. The other side of it is you lost a huge point, but we got a huge point tonight, so that’s a positive thing and let’s build on it.”
Luke Glendening, Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard stopped 17 shots.
Detroit finished with a 37-22 advantage in shots on goal.
“I don’t think we’ve had the starts that we’ve wanted, but I thought the start was there today,” Nyquist said. “It felt good to score, but it would have been nicer to get two points.”
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk sat out for the fourth straight game with a lower-body injury, and defenseman Niklas Kronwall was scratched due to a lower-body injury. Right wing Erik Cole exited after the first period with a lower-body injury.
The Red Wings had an answer for every Coyotes goal in regulation but could not score in the closing minutes.
“I thought we controlled lots of good play, but we were chasing the game all night long,” Babcock said.
John Moore gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the first period with his second goal of the season.
After Moss’ first goal of the game gave Arizona a 3-2 advantage late in the second, Kindl — playing in place of Kronwall — sparked the Detroit crowd when he knocked in his fifth of the season to tie it early in the third.
Kindl also had an assist on a nifty cross-ice pass to Abdelkader, who blew by two defenders and rifled a wrist shot just over Smith’s pad to tie the game at 2 midway through the second period.
“(Kindl) made an unbelievable pass and he scored a big-time goal,” Babcock said. “He hasn’t played since (Marek) Zidlicky arrived (in early March), and he came in and had an impact on the game. I give him credit.”
Moss’ second goal gave Arizona a 4-3 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the final period, but Nyquist quickly responded with his 23rd of the season to tie the game once again.
Though the Red Wings gave up a pair of power-play goals, Babcock said he was happy with the way Detroit’s penalty killers performed.
Detroit had several chances to take the lead in the final minutes, but Smith — one of the lone bright spots for the struggling Coyotes — stifled each one.
“Smith had a real strong game in goal,” Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. “For the most part, we competed hard and we hung around.”
NOTES: The Red Wings haven’t won consecutive games since a three-game run from Feb. 26 to March 4.Each team had 10 penalty minutes. … The Red Wings held Arizona scoreless on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third, leading to a standing ovation. … Arizona held a 27-12 advantage in hits and a 41-27 advantage on faceoffs.
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