Red Wings Hold Off Coyotes for Game Two Win

The Detroit Red Wings took a 4-0 lead early Saturday and held off a comeback attempt by the Phoenix Coyoted to pick up a 4-3 win. The Red Wings now lead their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup, 2-0.

Pavel Datsyuk carried Detroit to their early lead, factoring in on all four goals, scoring once and assisting three more times.

Shane Doan played the same role for the Coyotes in their comeback, scoring twice and adding an assist on three power play goals.

Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board with 9:18 left in the first period, the first of Detroit's two goals on the power play. After getting the puck from Nicklas Lidstrom above the left faceoff circle, Datsyuk drifted into the high slot and dragged the puck to his right, snapping a shot past Ilya Bryzgalov to give Detroit the early lead.

Brian Rafalski added another power play goal with 4:10 left in the period, blasting a shot from just inside the blue line past Bryzgalov.

With just 59 seconds left in the first, Darren Helm made it 3-0. Datsyuk broke away from three defenders in the neutral zone and raced in on Bryzgalov, taking the puck between his legs for a shot that the Phoenix netminder got his pad on. After the initial save, no one made a move to stop Helm, who jumped in and banged the rebound over the sprawled-out goalie.

Tomas Holmstrom deflected a Valtteri Filppula shot into the top of the net to make it 4-0 at 1:11 of the second period, at which point the Red Wings seemingly let off the gas.

Radmin Vrbata got the Coyotes on the board at 7:02 of the middle period, snapping the rebound of a shot by Doan through an attempted block by Kris Draper and into the open side of Jimmy Howard's net while Danny Cleary was off for elbowing.

Doan's first came at 5:49 of the third period, pulling Phoenix to within a pair. With Todd Bertuzzi off for slashing, Doan got to the side of the net and backhanded the rebound of a Keith Yandle shot past Howard.

In the closing seconds of a five-on-three, Doan slapped a shot from the high slot past Howard to make it 4-3 at 8:37 of the closing frame.

The Red Wings were outshot 11-10 in the third period but held on, taking back puck control in the final three minutes to limit the Coyotes' chances with Bryzgalov on the bench for an extra attacker.

Detroit finished the afternoon with two goals on five power play chances. Phoenix went three-for-seven with the extra attacker.

Howard stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced in net while Bryzgalov made 27 stops on 31 chances.

The two teams will meet again on Monday in Glendale.


Notes: The Red Wings lost Johan Franzen for a significant portion of the first period after he went face-first into the boards on a hit by Doan. He required over twenty stitches and returned early in the second period... Detroit was without Henrik Zetterberg again, still out with a leg injury... Mike Modano and Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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If you're not out tailgating down at The Joe, you're wrong!

Seriously, the Wings need to swell up and come out flying when that puck drops. No more slow starts please.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 12:15 PM

 

In-laws just got here to watch the game, I'll probably be quiet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:12 PM

 

In-laws just got here to watch the game, I'll probably be quiet.


LMAO!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:15 PM

 

Franzen in bad shape. Cut to hell on the face. Hope he can just be patched up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:27 PM

 

Well, that was a scary thing on Franzen. Looks like he was cogent and talking.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:30 PM

 

Final 30 seconds of the PP almost made up for the first 90.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:35 PM

 

Defense is looking really good so far. We're going to need that if Franzen doesn't return.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:37 PM

 

Man, guys who hit people after the whistle are so tough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:41 PM

 

Hell of a shot. Nice drag to his right at the last second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:44 PM

 

Dats with the G and Homer with the screen. Unstopable.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:45 PM

 

Babs says he imagines Franzen will be back for the second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:49 PM

 

Special teams clinic so far this series.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:54 PM

 

Homer with another screen. I hope Bryz like the smell of Homer's butt.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:55 PM

 

That was effing sick!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:02 PM

 

Holy christ. Datsyuk goes between the legs, Bryzgalov makes the stop but Helm gets the rebound. What a play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:02 PM

 

I always thought Datsyuk and Helm should play together.

Posted by catmandu on 4/16/2011 at 2:04 PM

 

I think that was the best first period I've seen all year. But then, I haven't been able to watch that many games this year. Someone chime in if they agree or not.

BTW, congrats to Pasha for winning the best Russian NHL player of the year.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:05 PM

 

Maybe not best, definitely most dominant. Fantastic start. Gotta stay with it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:08 PM

 

For those not on Twitter, from @timlogue: "BREAKING: NHL found a buyer for the Coyotes! Datsyuk owns them."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:15 PM

 

Mule still questionable. Father in law says there's no need for him to come back at this point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:21 PM

 

Homer did a great job of getting his stick on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:23 PM

 

Winnapeg... I mean Phoenix looks punch drunk.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:26 PM

 

Report is Franzen will be back soon.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:31 PM

 

Nuts...

That all started when Helm lost the face-off and then failed to clear.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:33 PM

 

Thought Draper was gonna get the block there. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:33 PM

 

Phantom call and now Franzen's back.

He wants his point.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:36 PM

 

Jovanovski tough hiding behind that cage and grabbing Helm's face.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:41 PM

 

lol... Got Dats, Homer and Raffy in my playoff pool. Solid game so far! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by klaitinen on 4/16/2011 at 2:43 PM

 

Great job by Abs to take the shot and then get in on the puck on the PK

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:45 PM

 

Goals, assists, picks, deeks, hits...

Typical Datsyukian night.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:00 PM

 

Once of those, "If that was Holmstrom" plays. Hanzal in the crease.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 3:27 PM

 

What the hell? Here comes the Bettman specials...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:29 PM

 

That would've been a pretty goal for Bert if it went in.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:48 PM

 

Well, that was an intense ending.

14 to go!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:53 PM

 

Still shaking. Closer than it needed to be. Not happy with how that ended, except for the final couple minutes where the Wings didn't let the Coyotes get possession.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 3:54 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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