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Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 5 (4/23/10)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings and Coyotes faced off for game five. One team would end the night just a win away from the second round. Bryzgalov and Howard were the goalies again for this game. Shane Doan was still out of the lineup for the Coyotes. Robert Lang was also out of the lineup again after returning for the previous game. Our other old friend, Mathieu Schneider was in instead.

The first period had a great pace but only a few good scoring chances at either end. Both goalies had some big saves. Towards the end of the period Phoenix iced the puck. In a strange but effective move, Babcock put out his fourth line against the tired Coyotes’ squad. Miller carried the puck in deep and tried to center it from behind the net. It hit the skates of Lepisto and bounced back to Miller. He took it back and tried the wrap around. Bryzgalov made the initial stop but then it hit Fiddler’s skate and went in. It was initially credited to Abdelkader who was right there in front of the net but it was changed to Miller since Abdelkader didn’t touch the puck. It was one to nothing Red Wings.

In the second period the Coyotes got the puck into the Red Wings’ end and worked it in deep. They got it back to the point with Jovanovski in front of the net. Aucoin shot it from the point and Howard stopped it. Jovanovski swept the puck around Howard as he was falling on top of him. Howard complained that he was interfered with. Jovanovski did fall on top of him and it looked like Howard’s leg bent back awkwardly. He seemed to be okay but he didn’t have much of a chance to stop the puck. It easily could have been called interference but I didn’t think it was too terrible. It was determined to be incidental contact which I think was fair. That goal tied the game at one.

In the third period the Red Wings had a power play but weren’t able to score. Hanzal had a breakaway coming out of the penalty box and Howard made two spectacular saves on him. On the second one Howard was already sprawled out and Hanzal took another whack at it. Howard knocked the puck out of the air with his goal stick. It was absolute robbery. Beautiful goaltending!

Helm made a fantastic defensive play in the third period. Howard was all the way over to his right expecting a shot from Fiddler. Instead he wrapped around the back of the net very quickly and Howard wasn’t able to get back in time. Helm saw that play developing and came flying in to the wide open side of the net with his stick down and made a great save to rob Fiddler of an easy goal. Great play by Helm! Ericsson was also right there in good position to help out.

Later in the third period there was a faceoff deep in the Coyotes’ end. Datsyuk won it back to Lidstrom at the point. He fired a shot that was redirected slightly a time or two and somehow ended up behind Bryzgalov but in front of the net. Holmstrom skated through the crease behind Bryzgalov and chased down the puck, popping it into the wide open net for the go ahead goal. That made it two to one Wings with about nine minutes left in the game.

After that goal the Wings had some momentum. They kept up the pressure and were generating some good chances. Then Holmstrom got the puck to Franzen who passed it to Datsyuk in front of the net. Datsyuk got the puck up and beat Bryzgalov over the glove with a backhander making it three to one.

Late in the game the Coyotes’ pulled Bryzgalov. Zetterberg bagged a nice empty net goal that was actually pretty difficult. He had about three Coyotes on him trying to prevent the goal and he scored anyway thanks in part to a nice setup from Filppula.

So the Red Wings won game five four to one and took the series lead three to two. This was a great game for the Wings. They Coyotes played hard but the Wings were better. Jimmy Howard was fantastic once again and the entire team played very well.

The Red Wings will have the chance to finish the first round on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm in Detroit.

This 4-1 win brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to 3-2 Red Wings.

Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4 (4/20/10)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Tonight’s game was a must win for the Red Wings. They were down 2-1 in the series. If you fall to 3-1 the odds are not good of coming back to win the series, but a win tonight and it would be up for grabs.

The goalies once again were Jimmy Howard and Ilya Bryzgalov. The Coyotes captain Shane Doan was not in the lineup for this game. He was injured in game 3 when he crashed into the boards trying to avoid running into Jimmy Howard. Fiddler was back in the lineup for the Coyotes after missing the previous game.

The Red Wings did some line juggling for this game. Cleary was moved onto a line with Datsyuk and Franzen. Holmstrom was moved onto a line with Miller and Abdelkader.

In the first period Miller and Fiddler got into it a little bit in front of the Coyotes’ net. They didn’t actually fight but they both went off for roughing. They continued to argue while in the boxes. There was some animosity there for sure.

During the 4 one 4 it looked like Filppula had scored. After looking at the replay though it was clear that the puck did not cross the line. It was hard to believe because it looked like it was heading in and then it hit the ice and bounced right back out. It was tumbling end over end and it just happened to bounce the wrong way.

The first period ended with no score. The Wings had a slow start but seemed to play better as the period went on. The Red Wings ended up with approximately double the shots and chances that Phoenix had and were pretty much in control of the puck. They had a few power plays but couldn’t score. The biggest problem for the Wings in the first period was faceoffs. They only won 8 while Phoenix came away with 20.

Late in the second period the Red Wings were on the power play. Kronwall shot from the blue line and Zetterberg was in front. He deflected the puck with his stick and it went up and into the top corner of the net. They reviewed it see if it was touched with a high stick but it was not. There wasn’t much chance that his stick was above the crossbar because the puck went up from where he touched it and it still ended up under the crossbar. That gave the Wings the one to nothing lead. The goal was initially credited to Bertuzzi but wasn’t touched by his stick so that would be changed.

A few seconds after the goal, Datsyuk was called for boarding. During the penalty kill Jimmy Howard’s goalie mask was knocked off and he still made the save before the whistle went. It was quite a display of concentration.

The second period ended with the Wings up by one. Most of the period was rather uneventful. The Red Wings seemed to be dominating in terms of possession but Phoenix was doing a good job of preventing many quality chances. By the end of the period the shots and chances were much closer.

In the third period the Coyotes had 17 seconds of 5 on 3 power play time. The Red Wings killed it off and then killed off the rest of the penalty, too. It was a great kill for the Wings and it really energized the team and the crowd.

Later the Red Wings got the puck in deep. They got it back to Lidstrom at the point. He passed it to Franzen who found an opening to hit Datsyuk on the other side of the ice. Datsyuk fired a perfect shot that got behind Bryzgalov on the short side and found the top corner of the far side of the net. That made it two to nothing Wings with just over four minutes left in the game. It sure was a pretty play.

The Red Wings kept the pressure on and just 25 seconds later they scored again. Bertuzzi won a race to negate an icing and cycled the puck to Zetterberg down below the goal line along the boards. Zetterberg just threw it to the net and it hit Bryzgalov and went in to make it three to zip.

The Red Wings played some great defense for the final five minutes including a penalty kill at the end that was needed when Datsyuk flipped the puck over the glass by mistake.

The Wings got the win and Jimmy Howard earned his first career playoff shutout. It was a great performance by Howard especially considering this was a bounce back game after losing game three and giving up some soft goals. It’s a great sign that he was able to put that all behind him and perform so well in this game.

Detroit played a very physical game tonight. They were really throwing the body around and laying some big hits. Datsyuk and Zetterberg played really well as did Helm and Bertuzzi.

So the Red Wings head back to Phoenix with the series tied at two apiece. It’s a best of three now.

This 0-3 win brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to a 2-2 tie.

Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 3 (4/18/10)

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

With the series tied at one apiece, the Coyotes rolled into Detroit this afternoon to face the Red Wings in game three. Howard and Bryzgalov were the goalies once again today.

It only took about 30 second for the Coyotes to draw first blood. The Red Wings turned the puck over and the Coyotes got it in deep. They started throwing it at the net, Howard got turned around and everybody was scrambling. Datsyuk swept the puck away from the net to save a goal but it ended up in the slot where Lepisto pounced on it and scored to make it one nothing Coyotes.

Later in the first period Detroit had the first power play of the game. It was a very good power play. The way they were able to move puck and create scoring chances was just incredible. It looked like men against boys. As the power play continued, a rebound came to Filppula and he put it in the net to tie the game at one.

Shane Doan tripped over Jimmy Howard early in the second period and went hard into the boards shoulder first. He left the game at that point and did not return.

Also in the second period Rafalski left with a lower back problem but later returned.

The Coyotes started buzzing toward the end of the second period. Lombardi shot and Howard made the first stop but the rebound came out and Wolski shot again. That one beat Howard to make it two to one just a few seconds before the end of the period.

At about the halfway point of the third period, Vrbata won a faceoff in his own end and started up ice. He passed it to Prucha who angled it off the boards back to Vrbata and went to the net. Vrbata passed it back to Prucha close to the slot. Prucha made a nice move around Jimmy Howard and scored. That gave the Coyotes a two goal lead with about 11 minutes to go.

A few minutes later, after an offensive zone faceoff, the Wings got the puck behind the net and Zetterberg fought to push it ahead to Bertuzzi. He passed it back to Franzen who fired an absolute pinpoint shot that somehow fit through the short side between Bryzgalov and the post to make it a one goal game. What a sniper!

A few minutes after that, the Coyotes scored again. The Red Wings had just made a defensive change and Vrbata ended up with more space than he should have had. He fired a shot that beat Howard cleanly and gave the Coyotes a two goal lead again. That was one that Howard would definitely want back. There was about 8 minutes to go at that point.

Late in the third Bertuzzi got the puck into the net but it was after the whistle, or at least the intent to blow the whistle. On the replay it was pretty clear that the puck was covered before Bertuzzi shoved it (and Bryzgalov) into the net, so I think this was a fair call.

The Wings pulled the goalie in the final few minutes. Then with about 30 seconds left Aucoin flipped the puck over the glass so the Wings also had a power play. Then Jovanovski was called for roughing but the whistle didn’t blow until there was about 5 seconds left. Time ran out before Detroit could score so the Wings lost four to two.

The Red Wings played okay in this game. They were great at times and not so great at other times. The Wings weren’t as good as they were in game two. I’m not sure what the difference was but they’ll have to play a lot better on Tuesday.

This 4-2 loss brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to 1-2 Coyotes.

Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2 (4/16/10)

Friday, April 16th, 2010

After a frustrating game one on Wednesday, the Red Wings had another crack at the Coyotes tonight. The Wings played fairly well in the first game. They had a ton of shots but weren’t able to stop the Coyotes’ power play. Hopefully the Wings will be able to build on the positive aspects of the last game and fix the negative ones.

The goalies once again were Jimmy Howard and Ilya Bryzgalov. Abdelkader was in for the Red Wings for this game in place of Jason Williams. Mike Babcock made the switch because he wanted to add more of a physical presence after the hard hitting game one.

At about the halfway point of the first period Zetterberg was fighting for the puck with Hanzal in front the Red Wings net. Hanzal shot the puck and the rebound dropped down in front of the crease. Zetterberg reached for the puck but before he could get it Yandle came flying in out of nowhere and chipped it into the net giving the Coyotes the first lead of the game.

In the second period the Red Wings were on the power play. Kronwall brought the puck through the neutral zone and dropped it off for Zetterberg. He passed it to Filppula and continued toward the net. Filppula passed it back to Zetterberg and he put it in the back of the net. It was a great play that was perfectly executed. That tied the game at one.

Just a few seconds after that goal Phoenix took back the lead. Howard stopped the puck with his glove and tried to pass it off to Kronwall. He wasn’t expecting that. Kronwall spun around and tried to chip it away but it hit Wolski. He got control and shot quickly beating Howard just 38 seconds after the Red Wings’ goal.

Just a few second later the Wings tied it up again. They had got the puck in deep and into the corner. Holmstrom went after it and cycled it back for Franzen. He passed it to Datsyuk in the slot who shot it perfectly into the roof of the net. That tied the score at two each.

A couple of seconds later Lombardi got a lead pass from Doan on a give and go. Lombardi was in behind the defense. Miller tried to catch up to him but he was already beaten. Lombardi shot on Howard and beat him through the five hole. The Coyotes were back up by one at about the halfway point of the game.

A few seconds later, you guessed it, the Red Wings tied it up again. Bertuzzi got rocked at center ice but he still made the play. He chipped the puck ahead to Filppula who took it to the net. Filppula made a quick move and put the puck between Bryzgalov’s legs and into the net.  That was the fifth goal in 3:58 of game time.

At that point there was a very noticeable surge in the Red Wings’ energy level as they went all out trying to score again. Everybody was into it; they were really amped up. It seemed like the final minute of a one goal game except that it just kept going.

That pace continued for the rest of the second period but nobody scored any more goals.

Early in the third period Wolski was trying to get the puck out of his own end and Abdelkader took it away from him and turned it back toward the net. Bryzgalov tried to go for the poke check but Abdelkader avoided it and put the puck in the net making Mike Babcock look like a genius. Abdelkader was having a great game with a bunch of hits and a goal.

The Red Wings continued to play like they were lit on fire. The Coyotes were on their heels. Then at about the halfway point of the period the Wings got caught on a Phoenix breakaway with Lidstrom the only defender in place as Fiddler and Doan came in on the rush. Lidstrom tried to take away the pass but it got through underneath his stick and Doan one timed it into the net tying the game at four.

A few minutes later Zetterberg and Bertuzzi entered the zone. Zetterberg passed to Bertuzzi and went to the net. Bertuzzi shot from the side boards and the rebound dropped down in front of the other side of the net right in front of Zetterberg. Bryzgalov was out of position and Zetterberg popped it into the wide open side of the goal to take back the lead.

As the third period was winding down the Red Wings went on the power play. Fiddler fell heavily and hit the back of his head on the boards. He was quite shaken up. He left the ice and looked really wobbly walking down the tunnel. When the power play continued Stuart shot from the blue line. The puck hit the back boards where Filppula picked it up and circled with Bertuzzi in front screening and Zetterberg hanging around the net. Filppula shot one that Bryzgalov couldn’t get a good look at thanks to Bertuzzi. The puck went in the net and gave the Wings a two goal cushion for the first time in the game with about two minutes to go.

Zetterberg bagged an empty net goal in the final minute. That gave him his first career playoff hat trick. Way to go! Are there free curly fries during the playoffs? :-)

This game was incredible. The Red Wings didn’t look that great in the first period and the shots were even in that one. From the second period on the Wings looked amazing. They were playing very physical hockey. The hitting was fantastic. That really helped open the ice and allow for some excellent puck movement and crisp passing. The energy level was awesome. Great job, Red Wings!

This 7-4 win brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to a 1-1 tie.

Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1 (4/14/10)

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Tonight it was game one of Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Red Wings and the Coyotes. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Ilya Bryzgalov. The Red Wings were wearing their road whites which fit nicely with just about everybody in the arena. It almost looked like they were wearing white for the Wings.

The Wings looked great in the first period. They had a lot of quality shots. Bryzgalov was looking really sharp as well and making some spectacular saves. At the other end the Coyotes had a few bursts of scoring chances but nothing too serious; just enough to get Howard in the game.

Then, after all the big saves Bryzgalov had made, Holmstrom fired one from near the point. Bryzgalov reached for it with the glove and just missed it. That made it one to nothing Wings.

A few minutes later the Coyotes had a power play and Yandle fired from the blue line. Doan was in front of Howard screening him. The puck went in to tie the game at one.

Not long after that the Red Wings had their second power play. They were moving the puck very well. Lidstrom shot the puck from the blue line with about three or four people between him and Bryzgalov. It somehow made it through everybody’s legs. It might have been redirected a time or two but it made it into the back of the net. Bryzgalov never had a chance of stopping that one. I don’t think he even saw it. That made it two to one Red Wings.

The first period was pretty well dominated by the Red Wings. They controlled the puck very well and they were creating a tremendous amount of traffic in front of Bryzgalov. They ended the period with a two to one lead and most of a power play left over to start the second.

In the second period the Coyotes killed off the early power play and then had one of their own about five minutes later. Yandle had the puck and passed it across to Wolski who was wide open. He one timed a bullet of a shot that beat Howard cleanly to tie the game at two.

The Coyotes seemed a lot more aggressive in the second period. There were a lot of big hits by both teams. Doan hit Kronwall and was called for a charge but it looked like a head shot to me. On the replays it looked like Doan hit him right in the face with a forearm. Nobody seemed to react to it though so I guess maybe it wasn’t that bad.

Early in the third period the Coyotes had a power play. They won the faceoff back to Morris who shot from the blue line and beat Howard to take the lead for the first time in the game.

In the third period Lidstrom was hit in the mouth with Fiddler’s stick and cut pretty badly. None of the officials saw it though so instead of a four minute penalty there was nothing. Nice job, refs.

The Coyotes improved even more in the third period. They took the game over. The Wings weren’t able to score even after pulling the goalie in the final minute.

This seemed like three separate games. In the first period the Red Wings had more than double the shots of the Coyotes. The second period was pretty even. And in the third period the Coyotes doubled the Red Wings’ shots. I don’t know if they just wore down the Wings, or if they Coyotes just found their mojo. They definitely had the Wings scrambling in the third period though.

So the Red Wings lost game one three to two. Now they need to shake that off and come back strong on Friday.

This 2-3 loss brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to 0-1 Coyotes.

Red Wings Ready To Rock

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The playoffs get underway for the Red Wings tonight in Phoenix.  This should be a great matchup.  Phoenix is going to be tough.  On paper the Wings should have them but the games aren’t played on paper and the Coyotes have a lot of heart, not to mention their skill.

This year it’s the Red Wings that are entering the playoffs on a winning streak with a hot young goalie who seems poised to play spoiler to the higher seeded teams.  That’s a switch for the Wings who are almost always one of the top seeded teams.

Tonight’s game is in Phoenix so it has the 10:00 start for us folks in the Eastern Time zone.  It’s going to be tough waking up for work tomorrow but I wouldn’t miss it!

….and one more thing, LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Phoenix at Detroit (1/26/10)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings faced the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena. Bryzgalov was in net for the Coyotes and for the Red Wings it was Jimmy Howard. In what can only be described as extremely fantastic news, Kronwall returned to the lineup tonight. That should really help things for the Red Wings. I’ve also heard rumors that Lilja may be close to returning from his concussion problem which started last season. This was another huge game for the Wings as the Coyotes were five points ahead in the standings.

Kronwall made his presence felt right off the bat. He was very active, hitting people and making plays. He looked pretty good for somebody who hasn’t played in so long.

Detroit got on the board first when Rafalski activated offensively to pick up a loose puck and pass it across to Zetterberg who then hit Datsyuk in the slot. Datsyuk buried it for the first goal of the game.

About halfway through the second period, the Coyotes were on the power play. The Red Wings had just about killed it off when Lombardi shot the puck. Howard stopped the initial shot but he was sprawled on the ice and Upshall found the rebound and poked it into the corner of the net to tie the game at one.

A few minutes later Vrbata got the puck down low and both defensemen went over to his side of the ice. He spotted Yandle all alone as he had separated from Filppula. Vrbata passed it to Yandle who one-timed it perfectly into the net giving the Coyotes the two to one lead. It was a beautifully set up goal.

Just 11 seconds later the grinders came out and tied it up. It was kind of a sloppy looking play but it worked! Helm passed ahead to Draper who had trouble handling it. He chipped it toward the net and it went up high on Bryzgalov. He knocked it down with his glove and Eaves came flying in to bang it home and re-tie the game.

In the third period the Coyotes went on the power play and the Wings had trouble clearing for an extended period. Jimmy Howard made one incredible save after another, even without his goal stick for while. He looked like a real superstar.

Then Lidstrom got the puck at the point and dished it ahead to Zetterberg. Zetterberg gave it back to him and he walked it towards the slot and fired a backhander with Cleary in front of the net causing trouble. The puck found its way through and into the net. That gave the Red Wings the three to two lead.

A few minutes later there was a big pile up in front of the Red Wings’ net and a bit of a scrum ensued after the whistle. Upshall was roughing it up with Datsyuk of all people. When it was all sorted out the Red Wings had a power play thanks to a roughing call on Shane Doan.

During the power play Filppula passed to Bertuzzi down low. He tried to pass it back but the puck hit a skate and bounced out to where Lidstrom was waiting all by himself. He popped it into the empty side of the net and gave Detroit a two goal cushion.

Later in the third Phoenix was on the power play and Yandle shot from the blue line. It looked like the puck hit Stuart or Maltby and deflected into the net. That made it a one goal game with about a minute and a half to go.

Soon after that the Coyotes pulled their goalie and turned up the pressure.

With 21.6 second left Stuart tried to clear and couldn’t. The Coyotes got the puck low and then it came to the front of the net where it hit Jovanovski in the skates. He swept it between Howard’s legs and tied the game sending it to overtime.

In the overtime Shane Doan took the puck to the net. Howard stretched out and Doan patiently held it until Howard was down. Then he chipped it up and over Howard’s glove for the win.

This was another example of the Red Wings playing a really good game and then collapsing at the end. It’s getting old. I just don’t understand it. They looked great through almost the entire game and then all of the sudden everything just evaporates.

This 5-4 overtime loss brings us to:
59 points

Detroit at Phoenix (1/2/10)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The Red Wings were on the road tonight in Phoenix to take on the Coyotes. The starting goaltenders were Bryzgalov and Howard. Eaves was back in the lineup tonight after recovering from the flu.

The Red Wings looked a little sloppy to start the game. Their passes weren’t connecting very well and they were turning the puck over a lot. Phoenix was getting a lot of chances and Jimmy Howard had to make too many saves. Howard was up to the challenge though and was able to prevent his team from falling behind early.

In the first period Detroit was on the power play and they weren’t able to get anything going. Phoenix did a good job of shutting them down and they killed off the penalty. After it expired the Red Wings finally got set up and had a few chances in front of the net but Bryzgalov stopped them. Then Datsyuk got the puck to Lidstrom at the point and he released a shot. Holmstrom was in front of the net and he tipped it into the other corner of the goal. I don’t think Bryzgalov even saw it. So after being out played for most of the period, the Red Wings were very fortunate to be up one to nothing.

In the second period Phoenix had a 5 on 3 power play. The puck came to Lang down low and he passed it through the slot to Lombardi on the other side. It was a great pass and Lombardi wasted no time burying the puck in his side of the net which was mostly wide open for the split second before Jimmy Howard could move across. That tied the game at one each.

With less than 20 seconds left in the second period Datsyuk got the puck to Lidstrom at the point. Lidstrom fired it at the net as Holmstrom moved to the front. Holmstrom tipped it and got it by Bryzgalov to take back the lead.

In the third period Detroit was on the power play. Bertuzzi passed across to Datsyuk who quickly shot it into the net beating Bryzgalov to make it three to one Wings.

The Red Wings shut the door for the rest of the third period. The Coyotes had some chances but for the most part the Wings controlled the game. When the Coyotes did get it Jimmy Howard continued to be on fire and stopped everything.

Near the end of the game the Coyotes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Phoenix won a faceoff in the Detroit end but the Wings controlled. Helm got the puck and banked it off the boards to himself and took off toward the empty net. He took it into the Phoenix end and scored the empty net goal to make it four to one Red Wings.

After a bit of a rough start the Red Wings played very well tonight. This was another important game for the Red Wings since the Coyotes are ahead of them in the standings. It was critical to get two points tonight and not give up any. The Wings did a great job in that regard and hopefully they can keep this streak going and continue to have a great road trip.

This 4-1 win brings us to:
48 points

Phoenix at Detroit (12/14/09)

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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

Detroit at Phoenix (10/22/09)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings were in Phoenix to take on the Coyotes at the unfortunately named “ Arena”. No offense to the Coyotes but that has to be worst stadium name on the planet. If that’s the name of the highest bidder I say you go with the second highest bidder.

This is the first stop on Detroit’s five game road trip. Datsyuk returned to the lineup tonight which will hopefully help a lot both offensively and defensively. He only missed two games but it seemed like much more than that. Osgood was in net for the Wings and Bryzgalov was the goalie for the Coyotes.

The Red Wings started the game with a ton of energy. They were looking great and generating a lot of offense. Early on Datsyuk looked like his old self with a glorious scoring chance that was stopped by Bryzgalov. Then at the other end the Wings had some trouble getting the puck out of their own end and the Coyotes ended up nearly scoring. Luckily Osgood stayed with the puck and was able to stop it.

Towards the end of the first period Holmstrom was called for slashing. Within a few seconds of the start of the power play Aucoin ripped one from the blue line. Osgood stopped it but it bounced up in the air and Lombardi was there to knock it out of the air and into the net. It was close to crossbar height but not above it so the Coyotes were up one to nothing on the power play goal.

With less than a minute to go Jovanovski was called for interference. Osgood went to the bench for the extra skater on the delayed call. By the time play stopped the Wings had less than 30 seconds left in the period to work on the power play. Right off the faceoff Zetterberg shot from the point. Holmstrom was in front of the net and the puck deflected off Datsyuk’s stick and then Holmstrom’s stick and in to the net to tie the game.

That ended the first period with the scored tied at one. Osgood had done a great job just to keep the score tight. Although Detroit had a lot off offense, they gave up a few good chances. Luckily Osgood bailed them out as necessary.

Nearing the halfway point of the second period the Red Wings scored what was probably the most beautiful goal of the year so far. Zetterberg passed the puck ahead to Datsyuk on the rush. Datsyuk pulled up along the boards about even with the faceoff dot. Lebda had joined the rush and Datsyuk made a perfect pass across the ice right on his tape. Lebda just had to tap it to redirect it by Bryzgalov who never had a prayer of stopping it. That was Lebda’s first goal of the season and it sure was a beauty with assists by Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That made it two to one Red Wings.

A few minutes later Upshall was called for slashing. After the whistle Maltby got knocked to the ice. He had words with Aucoin who may have got in a few punches. Nothing really developed. Maltby got two minutes, Aucoin got four and Upshall got two minutes for the original infraction. The Wings ended up with a power play but weren’t able to convert.

There was no more scoring in the second period. The Wings had another power play when the period ended. They started the third 50 seconds of carry over time but that was also killed off by the Coyotes.

With 2:40 left in the game Phoenix drove the net. There was a mad scrum in Osgood’s lap and the puck ended up going into the net. It looked like it went in off of Vrbata’s skate but didn’t look like he kicked it. The goal was awarded to Prucha though so Vrbata must have not touched it at all. Mike Babcock was extremely hot that the goal was allowed because he felt Osgood was interfered with by Vrbata. He had a legitimate argument but you could also argue that Vrbata was pushed into Osgood.

The game stayed tied until the end of regulation thanks to some great saves by Osgood during the final minute of the third period.

In the overtime period Aucoin brought the puck into the Red Wings zone and shot it. Osgood blocked it with his pad but the puck continued. It hit Osgood’s stick and redirected into the net to give the Coyotes the win.

Osgood played a great game tonight. Also, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi all had really good nights. As a whole I thought the team play with a lot of energy but they had a lot of defensive break downs. Osgood was great at bailing them out throughout the night but it shouldn’t have to come to that.

This was a very disappointing loss because it really did seem like the Wings played well enough that they should have won. At least they were able to get a point out of it.

This 3-2 overtime loss brings us to:
8 points