Detroit had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The Coyotes finished a two-game season sweep of their former Western Conference rivals. Phoenix beat the Red Wings 4-2 in Detroit on Oct. 10.
"They worked harder than we did, we turned over too many pucks," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We weren't good enough, we didn't play hard enough and we didn't have enough people going."
Howard stopped 16 shots in the first period, the most shots the Coyotes have had in an opening period this season. The Coyotes had a chance to cut the Red Wings' lead to one early in the second after Shane Doan was taken down on a clear scoring chance by defenseman Brendan Smith, but Howard extended his left leg and blocked Doan's attempted right-handed shot in front.
Howard made 28 saves in his return to the ice after missing three games because of a bruised left hand.
"We had the lead 2-1, and we have to find a way to grind out wins like that on the road," Howard said.
Datsyuk and Bertuzzi scored less than five minutes apart for the Red Wings, Datsyuk with the deflection of a pass from Henrik Zetterberg from the left wing, and Bertuzzi with an unassisted tally.
Phoenix got on the board with a minute left in the second period. Vermette helped clear the puck off the boards in the Coyotes zone to teammate Rob Klinkhammer. Vermette took off down the ice, got a return pass from Klinkhammer and lifted a slap shot over defenseman Danny DeKeyser's stick and over Howard's left shoulder.
The Coyotes drew even on Ribeiro's goal, which came after a faceoff and pass from Mikkel Boedker that was deflected in front to Ribeiro.
Ribeiro has a point in six straight games. Boedker tallied a pair of assists.
NOTES: Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall didn't play after sustaining a concussion from a hard hit Thursday at Denver. Kronwall's streak of 138 straight games came to an end. He said Saturday that he was feeling no symptoms, and he was listed as day-to-day. ... Brendan Smith played for the first time in five games. ... Vermette has four points in three games, including a goal in each.
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