Holmstrom Sparks Red Wings to 4-1 Win over Coyotes in Game Five

Tomas Holmstrom broke a 1-1 tie with 8:51 remaining in the third period Friday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

The Red Wings now lead the series 3-2. It's the first time they've led in these playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom set up Holmstrom's goal. Datsyuk won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Lidstrom for a shot from the blue line. The shot slipped through Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov but was knocked down by Holmstrom and defender Adrian Aucoin, who were in behind the goalie. Holmstrom found the puck before Aucoin or Bryzgalov and swatted it into the open net to put the Red Wings up 2-1.

Datsyuk made it 3-1 just 70 seconds later. Holmstrom worked the puck from behind the net to Johan Franzen on the left wing boards before Franzen got it to Datsyuk all alone at the top of the crease. Datsyuk spun and lifted a backhander off the post and into the top corner of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal in the game's final minute to wrap up the scoring.

Drew Miller had opened the scoring for Detroit, scoring on a wraparound chance with 2:56 left in the first period. Bryzgalov stopped Miller's initial chance but the rebound bounced off Coyote Vernon Fiddler's skate and back past Bryzgalov.

Ed Jovanovski tied the game up at 9:45 of the second, just 13 seconds after the expiration of a Phoenix power play, banging home the rebound of an Aucoin shot from the point while standing on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard's pad.

The Coyotes had a chance to take a 2-1 lead early in the third period, when Martin Hanzal jumped out of the penalty box to take a pass and break in on Howard. Howard knocked the initial shot aside and then dove back to grab the rebound chance, keeping the game knotted up.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 31 Phoenix chances. Bryzgalov stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced.

For the first time this series, neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had six chances with the extra attacker while the Coyotes had five. Phoenix is now 0-for-19 on the power play since scoring on their first three tries in Game One.

Detroit will have a chance to win the series at home in Game Six on Sunday.


Notes: Phoenix was without captain Shane Doan for the second consecutive game. Doan has not played since leaving Game Three with a shoulder injury.

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It's the third virtual must-win in a row for the Red Wings, only this time the Coyotes have just as much on the line. With the series tied at two games apiece tonight's loser faces elimination on Sunday in Detroit.

The Red Wings will keep the same lineup and lines they used to pick up a 3-0 win in Game Four on Tuesday. Phoenix is changing things up, however.

Former Red Wing Mathieu Schneider will dress for the Coyotes tonight, replacing another former Wing as Robert Lang shifts out of the lineup. Schneider is expected to help a Phoenix power play that hasn't scored since going three-for-four with the man-advantage in Game One.

With a defenseman swapping for a forward, Phoenix will go with seven blueliners and only eleven forwards.

The status of Phoenix captain Shane Doan is still uncertain. He missed Game Four after injuring his shoulder in Game Three and hasn't completed a practice since.

Game time is 10:00 on Fox Sports Detroit and Versus.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 8:45 PM

 

Doan confirmed out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:04 PM

 

Is it bad that my favorite part of this game is that Schneider is playing? Hahaha. Hopefully that will change by the end of the night with a Wings you-know-what <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/23/2010 at 10:15 PM

 

Hopefully Schneider playing is a sign of Phoenix being in trouble.

Two good power plays but no goals. Blown opportunities.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:29 PM

 

Jimmy comes up big repeatedly. Mickey's right, could see that penalty coming.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:30 PM

 

Justin!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:37 PM

 

That's off Fiddler, it's Miller's goal I think.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:37 PM

 

Come on, Drapes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:39 PM

 

My thoughts:

1. Lots of traffic in the neutral zone which means Phoenix is going to trap.

2. Has hockey gone redneck with the "Jack Daniels" Cam?

3. Schneider is like Chelios... He won't go away!

4. Why do we review every goal the Wings get?

5. Williams has been permanently replaced by Abdelkader!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/23/2010 at 10:42 PM

 

5. Williams has been permanently replaced by Abdelkader!


Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 10:46 PM

 

Fil needed to shoot there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 11:05 PM

 

Priceless

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/23/2010 at 11:05 PM

 

Mickey's wrong, Jovonovski's skate was caught up in Jimmy's pad.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 11:19 PM

 

Mickey's wrong, Jovonovski's skate was caught up in Jimmy's pad.


Nice non-call there...

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/23/2010 at 11:33 PM

 

The Wings are so friggin' inconsistent this series. After one I'm feeling like they're in control, then Phoenix takes over in the second. Detroit *has* to bounce back here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/23/2010 at 11:38 PM

 

That never should have happened, but Jimmy came up huge.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/24/2010 at 12:00 AM

 

Homer!

Huge faceoff win right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/24/2010 at 12:13 AM

 

Motherf*ckyes! Pasha!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/24/2010 at 12:15 AM

 

Fantastic third period. Love it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/24/2010 at 12:29 AM

 
Tomas Holmstrom

Tomas Holmstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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