Phoenix at Detroit (12/14/09)

The Phoenix Coyotes faced off against the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings. Ilya Bryzgalov was the goalie for the Coyotes. Helm was out with an injured wrist. Hopefully, that won’t be a long term problem. To fill his position they called up Kris Newbury from Grand Rapids.

On Newbury’s first shift he went hard to the net and bumped Bryzgalov a little. They called him for goalie interference. His very first shift as a Red Wing and he was sent to the box. Luckily, the Wings were able to kill off the penalty so no harm done.

After the penalty expired Newbury stayed on the ice. They went on the rush and Draper attempted to pass it to Miller in the slot. It went by Miller to, guess who, Kris Newbury. He was in the right place at the right time and he made the most of it. Bryzgalov had no chance whatsoever. Newbury got a goal on what was just his second shift as a Red Wing and made up for his earlier penalty. You couldn’t script it any better than that!

Later in the first period Newbury was out there again and got called for tripping. During the penalty kill Eaves got the puck and took off shorthanded to the Coyotes net. He released a blistering wrister that burned Bryzgalov for the shorty and gave the Wings the early lead two to nothing. If this keeps up, when Babcock sends out Newbury he’ll just say, “Go out there and get a penalty!” It’s been pretty good luck so far.

A few minutes later Ericsson was hit knee on knee by Doan. It looked like he caught Doan’s knee on the inside of his left knee possibly up higher in the thigh area. He went down and stayed down but the Coyotes were on a scoring chance so they couldn’t blow the whistle. Pyatt had the puck in front of the Red Wings net. He tried to pass it across and Howard shifted that way. But the puck hit Rafalski and came right back to Pyatt who now had an open net to shoot at. It was just bad luck for the Red Wings. There wasn’t much else Howard could have done. So the Coyotes cut the lead to a goal and took out Ericsson on the same play. It was a clean hit by Doan; it didn’t look like it was at all intentional.

Early in the second period Meech took a long shot almost from the blue line. It hit Bryzgalov in the glove and somehow he just missed it. It went through his glove and into the net making it three to one Wings.

With just a few seconds left in the second period Vrbata released a long shot from the wall about at the top of the circle. It hit something along the way and changed direction and went in top shelf on Howard putting the Coyotes back within a goal.

The Coyotes really stepped it up in the third period. They had a lot of shots but luckily Howard was sharp. He stopped them all giving the Red Wings the win.

This was a very exciting game. The Wings looked great tonight. Their offense is getting better every game. Eaves was fantastic and so was Jimmy Howard. Kris Newbury also made quite an impression in his first game as a Red Wing.

Ericsson never returned and there was no word on his condition by the end of the game. This can’t be good!

This 2-3 win brings us to:
39 points

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