Red Wings Bounce Back Against Coyotes Again

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 2-1 against the Phoenix Coyotes for the fourth time this season, scoring twice in the third period to take a 3-2 win.

Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom led the comeback, combining on the tying and game-winning goals.

At 9:09 of the third period, Lidstrom wristed a shot from the top of the left circle, bouncing off the inside of Holmstrom’s leg in the slot and past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to knot the game up at two goals each.

Just 3:23 later, Lidstrom’s blast from the blue line slipped through a screen by Holmstrom and behind Bryzgalov.

Chris Osgood kept the Red Wings in the game early and in the lead late, stopping Shane Doan on a breakaway with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Henrik Zetterberg, returning to the lineup after missing two games and the All-Star Game with a back injury, got Detroit on the board early, scoring at 3:54 of the first period. Zetterberg carried the puck into the left wing corner and threw it back out to the net, where it deflected off Bryzgalov and in.

Martin Hanzel and Ed Jovanovski countered for Phoenix.

Hanzel scored at 9:57 of the first, when a centering attempt by Niklas Kronwall deflected off of Daniel Winnik to Hanzel in the high slot, leaving him all alone to snap a shot past Osgood.

Jovanovski gave the Coyotes the lead at 8:31 of the second, scoring on a blast from the blue line through a three-player screen.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting three chances with the extra attacker and Phoenix getting one.

Osgood made 32 saves on 34 shots. Bryzgalov stopped 36 of 39 Red Wings chances.


Niklas Kronwall left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. The Red Wings called it a sternoclavicular cartilage injury, which is expected to sideline the defenseman for at least a week.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

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