Series (Game 3 of 5)

Detroit leads 3-2

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
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Game 2: Saturday, January 26th
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Game 3: Saturday, March 9th
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Game 4: Saturday, April 13th
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Game 5: Sunday, April 14th
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Red Wings 5

(46-11-2, 100 pts)

Blues 2

(31-21-3, 73 pts)

3:00 PM ET, March 9, 2002

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
DET 2 2 15
STL 1 1 02

L. Robitaille (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Mellanby (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Hasek (Red Wings - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

Hasek makes 28 saves for his 15th straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It really doesn't matter where Dominik Hasek and the Detroit Red Wings play. They win wherever they are.

Hasek stopped 28 shots in stretching his unbeaten streak to 15 games Saturday in the Red Wings' latest victory -- a 5-2 decision over the St. Louis Blues.

Detroit has won a team-record eight straight on the road. The Red Wings have also won their last eight overall, one win shy of the team's record winning streak.

Luc Robitaille scored twice for the Red Wings, who lead the NHL with 100 points and a 46-11-6-2 record.

"Today, we were up against the best," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. "They got some much skill and talent with the puck. They turn marginal chances into great chances. They have patience in the scoring area. You know, that power play is deadly."

Detroit was 2-for-9 with the man-advantage.

Hasek, traded from Buffalo to Detroit in the offseason, is 13-0-2 since his last loss Jan. 16 at Phoenix.

"He's been on a good roll for the last six weeks," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "Really, he's been good all year. He seems to make the big saves when we need it."

Detroit is 10-1 in its last 11 and hasn't lost since Feb. 8. The Red Wings have won all three games against the Blues this season and are the NHL's top road team at 20-6-3-2.

"They obviously are the best team in the league right now," Blues captain Chris Pronger said.

Robitaille, who has 29 goals in his first season with Detroit, has scored six times in six games.

The Blues, winless in six games (0-4-2), are 4-3-4 in their 10 games at home against Detroit.

"When it rains it really pours, and it seems like it's pouring right now," St. Louis goalie Brent Johnson said.

The Red Wings outshot the Blues 13-8 in the opening period to build a 2-1 advantage.

Detroit went ahead 1-0 on a power-play goal by Tomas Holmstrom, who put in a rebound from in front at 6:24.

Johnson blocked Sergei Fedorov's shot, but the puck squirted out, and Holmstrom backhanded it in for the goal. The assist gave Fedorov 499 for his career.

"Everywhere a rebound went, their guy was," Johnson said.

Robitaille gave Detroit a 2-0 lead at 13:39 when he pushed in a rebound past a sprawled Johnson.

"The goal was a result of a great play by Steve Duchesne," Robitaille said. "I just kept pushing at the puck."

Scott Mellanby scored his 10th goal at 17:21. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Mellanby carried the puck in and shot from the right side as he was falling down. The puck hit the post, but bounced off Hasek's back and in, cutting the Detroit lead to 2-1.

"We played with some fear, and that can be a good thing," Mellanby said. "We weren't afraid to lose. We wanted to outcompete them. We had a chance to beat the top team in the league."

The Blues opened with a 10-1 shot advantage in the second period but Detroit outscored St. Louis 2-1 for a 4-2 lead.

"They were trying to do anything to score," Hasek said. "I had to handle some tough shots."

Cory Stillman tied it at 2 at 2:54 of the second period with a power-play goal.

Fedorov scored on the power play at 12:59, giving Detroit a 3-2 lead.

Stationed at the left corner of the net, Robitaille took a perfect pass from Jason Williams and directed it in at 17:52 to make it 4-2.

"The key to the power play was that we moved the puck well," Robitaille said. "We made some pretty passes."

Pavel Datsyuk scored an empty-net goal at 18:35.

Game notes

Blues forward Keith Tkachuk missed his fifth consecutive game because of a deep thigh bruise sustained during the Olympics. ... Bowman needs eight victories to tie Jack Adams (413) for the most wins by a Detroit coach. ... Detroit D Chris Chelios is four assists away from 700 career. ... Red Wings LW Brendan Shanahan is one goal shy of 500 for his career. ... The Red Wings have scored nine power-play goals in six games.

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