Red Wings' unbeaten streak at six after tie


PHOENIX (AP) -- To Scott Bowman and the Detroit Red Wings, this
tie against the Phoenix Coyotes was a good as a victory.

Brett Hull scored his second goal with 2:19 left in regulation,
and the Red Wings extended their unbeaten streak to six games by
skating to a 2-2 tie with the Coyotes on Tuesday night.

"We gave up two goals early, but I thought we played pretty
well the rest of the game," Bowman said. "We battled hard, we had
a lot of good chances, we never gave in and we finally got the win
at the end."

The goal was Hull's 15th of the season and 664th career.

"This team doesn't want to lose," Hull said. "We feel like we
can win every game."

The stalemate earned the Red Wings their 70th point and a chance
to extend their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) when Hull
deflected a slap shot by Mathieu Dandenault through a cluster of
players that distracted goalie Robert Esche.

"It's definitely bittersweet," Esche said. "We held them
within one goal the whole game, and with 2:19 left they just made a
lucky play. It was a broken play, and that happens sometimes."

Daniel Briere scored twice on assists from Daymond Langkow, but
Phoenix was unable to end its four-game winless streak.

"This was closer to the brand of hockey we have to play,"
coach Bob Francis said. "We've been too loose. Detroit is not the
team you want to fall behind. I'd much rather see them come from

The Coyotes killed five power plays, and Esche, recalled from
Springfield of the AHL on Dec. 18, made 29 saves in his ninth start
of the season.

Detroit's Manny Legace had 27 saves, including five in overtime.

"It's been two weeks since I played last, and Briere owes me a
dinner now," Legace joked. "I let him score two goals. You know,
I played about three or four weeks with him at Springfield, and
he's a great little player. It wasn't the start I wanted, but we
buckled down."

Two Detroit players -- Luc Robitaille and captain Steve Yzerman --
fell just short of career milestones.

Yzerman had his 999th assist on Hull's first goal, but couldn't
get another to become only the sixth player with over 500 goals and
1,000 assists.

Robitaille remained tied with Bobby Hull for the most goals by a
left wing (610).

Briere's goals, his 15th and 16th, came 17 seconds apart.

He scored 6:03 into the game when he picked up a shot by Langkow
behind the net, went left to avoid defenseman Steve Duchesne,
skated out and turned in the circle to fire the puck over Legace's
right shoulder.

Seconds later, Drake Berehowsky got the puck and sent it to
Langkow, who skated down the slot for a short pass to Briere, who
made it 2-0 at the 6:20 mark.

Hull cut Detroit's deficit to one with 8:38 left in the first.
He took a centering pass from Yzerman only a yard above the crease,
froze Esche with a shrug and then beat him with a low wrist shot.

Game notes
Briere had two of his seven even-strength goals in this
game. His 23 points are a career-high. ... The Red Wings are
unbeaten (3-0-4) in seven games against Phoenix, which hasn't
beaten Detroit since Jan. 31, 2000.