ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Nicklas Lidstrom wanted the chance and delivered when he got it.
After Detroit surrendered a two-goal lead in the opening 5 1/2 minutes of the third period, Lidstrom stepped up at an opportune time. With Larionov looking to make a pass, Lidstom pinched down into the slot and banged his stick on the ice.
Larionov found the two-time Norris Trophy winner and Lidstrom took one stride toward former teammate Chris Osgood before ripping a wrist shot just under the goaltender's right arm. It was his 17th goal and extended his points streak to six games.
"It was a great play by Iggy," Lidstrom said. "He got the puck down low and I just went toward the net and he found me."
Yzerman scored his first goal since returning from offseason knee surgery, wristing the puck into an empty net with 46 seconds to go.
Rookie Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Mathieu Schneider scored first-period goals for Detroit, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. The Red Wings moved ahead of Dallas to the top of the Western Conference and extended its lead in the Central Division to seven points over the Blues.
The Red Wings, who have won all four meetings with St. Louis this season, also reached the 100-point mark for the fourth straight season.
"It was a big game," Detroit left wing Brendan Shanahan said. "We came out and played pretty well. We had a bit of a lull at the start of the third. We knew if they scored to make it 2-1, they would have a lot of jump, and they did. But we got our game back."
"Right down to the very end, they kept coming, they kept coming," Red Wings coach Dave Lewis added. "It was probably as close to a playoff game as we have played in a long time - physical, intense, emotional plays at both ends."
Doug Weight and Eric Boguniecki tallied just over three minutes apart early in the third period for St. Louis, which had a five-game unbeaten streak snapped.
"To win our division it would have been nice to win this game," Blues defenseman Al MacInnis said. "To give ourselves any kind of a chance, we would have had to get the two points today. Certainly, it makes it a tougher challenge."
Osgood made 18 saves but lost for the first time in four games with St. Louis.
Detroit's Curtis Joseph, a former Blue, stopped 24 shots.
Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board 4:46 into the contest and reached the 20-goal plateau. After Pavel Datsyuk put a shot on net, the rebound hit Zetterberg in the skate, but he gathered in the puck and banked it off Osgood's back foot.
Schneider made it 2-0 just before the first-period buzzer. Breaking in on a 2-on-1, he let loose a slap shot from the right faceoff circle and beat Osgood just inside the left goalpost.
Schneider's 15th goal survived a review by the video replay official.
"Everyone was waiting for the clock to wind down," Schneider said. "(Chris) Chelios kind of crept up to the blue line, sent the puck over to Sergei (Fedorov). We came down and he got it to me. I got it off as quick as we could. I heard the buzzer go and saw it snap out. Obviously, I didn't see what was on the clock."
After a scoreless second period in which the teams combined for 15 shots, St. Louis came out quickly in the third.
Datsyuk was penalized for roughing with time expired in the second and Weight took advantage 1:53 into third. Joseph stopped MacInnis' slap shot, but Joseph gave up a short rebound and Weight banged it in off a scramble for his 14th goal.
Boguniecki tied it with 14:54 left, slicing down the middle on an odd-man rush and wristing a shot that beat Joseph over the blocker and inside the right post.
"I knew they weren't giving up." Lidstrom said. "They were still coming at us. We anticipated them coming harder in the third. Their power play helped them right off the bat. It got them momentum when they scored. Overall, we didn't really panic. Eeven though they came up and tied the game we still wanted to play our game, and we did."