Phoenix at Detroit (3/10/09)

The Phoenix Coyotes were in Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. Conklin was Detroit’s goalie and Bryzgalov was in for Phoenix. Holmstrom was back in the lineup earlier than expected. Chelios was back in tonight, too. Lebda was sitting to make room for him and Ericsson was in.

The Red Wings had an embarrassment to recover from after the eight to two loss against Columbus on Saturday.

The Red Wings didn’t waste any time flexing their muscle. Just 1:18 into the game Franzen took the pass from Filppula and then gave it back. Hudler was in the middle charging the net. Filppula snapped a wrister into the top of the net.

Towards the end of the first period Hanzal scored to tie the game for Phoenix. Conklin had the initial save but the rebound came out to Hanzal in front of the net and he poked it in.

There was no scoring in the second period. Through two the Red Wings were playing very well. The stats looked much more typical of the Wings. They were badly outshooting the Coyotes and they had eight takeaways to the Coyotes’ one. However, the score was tied at one each.

It was past the halfway point in the third period when Detroit finally got their first power play of the game. Rafalski shot the puck from deep in the faceoff circle. Bryzgalov got a piece of it but not enough and went into the net. That gave the Wings the lead by one.

A few minutes later the Coyotes went on the power play. The puck took a strange bounce and the Wings failed to clear. They got it back to Jovanovski at the blue line. He ripped it from there and Doan redirected it down and into the net to tie the game up again.

The game ended tied at two so they headed to overtime. With 1:25 left in overtime, Franzen put this one to bed. Filppula won the faceoff and got the puck to Franzen. He took it toward the center of the ice and fired from the slot area. He picked a corner and beat Bryzgalov to win the game.

Ericsson had a strong game for the Wings, as did Datsyuk. In general they were much better defensively. They looked much better in this game than in the previous one. Let’s hope they can build on this and keep it going into the playoffs.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
44-15-8
96 points

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