Phoenix at Detroit (11/8/10)

The Red Wings played the Coyotes tonight in Detroit. The Wings had spent all day Sunday travelling home from Vancouver. Rafalski returned to the lineup tonight which is very good news for the Wings. The goalies for this game were Howard and Bryzgalov.

The Red Wings were clearly tired from all the travel and shifting time zones. They lacked energy for long stretches in this game. However they also were able to dig deep and apply some good pressure in spurts.

There were a few scary moments in the first period when Jimmy Howard was down and looked to be injured. After being checked by Stempniak, Salei fell awkwardly onto Howard when he was in a prone position. After a few minutes of checking things out with the trainer Howard was fine.

Rafalski seemed to enjoy being back in the lineup. He got right back into the action when he took a shot from the point that was eventually banged in by Cleary for the first goal of the night.

The Wings gave up the next two goals and eventually tied it up in the third period.

The game went to overtime tied at two.

In the OT there was a delayed penalty call against the Coyotes and Howard went to the bench for an extra skater. Before the Coyotes could touch the puck Zetterberg tipped in a shot from Salei for the game winner.

This was tough game for the Wings and it showed a lot of guts for them to battle through it. They were obviously out of gas and they were still able to dig deep and pull out two points.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
9-3-1
19 points

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