Red Wings Score Early, Down Coyotes 4-2

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the first three minutes Monday night, jumping out to an early lead that the Phoenix Coyotes never recovered from en route to a 4-2 win.

With the victory, Detroit leads their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup, 3-0, and will go for the sweep in Glendale on Wednesday.

Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller scored just 44 seconds apart to get Detroit on the board.

At 1:57, Darren Helm fought off a check by Ed Jovanovski to get the puck along the back boards and send it out to Salei at the top of the right faceoff circle for a blast past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. At 2:41, a Niklas Kronwall shot deflected off of Drew Miller to make it 2-0.

Valtteri Filppula made it 3-0 just 2:50 into the second period, carrying the puck through the slot and into the left faceoff circle before flinging it past Bryzgalov.

David Schlemko got the Coyotes on the board with 8:17 left in the middle period. With Phoenix on a power play, Schlemko got the puck in the left circle and drove to the net, roofing a shot over Jimmy Howard's shoulder.

Johan Franzen put Detroit back up by three 45 seconds into the third period, breaking in alone on Bryzgalov and sniping a shot over his shoulder.

Ray Whitney's power play shot with seven minutes remaining deflected past Howard to put the Coyotes back within a pair but Phoenix would be unable to pull closer.

The Red Wings were scoreless on four power play attempts while the Coyotes' two goals came on three tries with the extra attacker. The last five Phoenix goals have all been on the power play.

Howard finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots. Bryzgalov made 30 stops on 34 chances.


Notes: Detroit was without forward Henrik Zetterberg for the fifth consecutive game. He is not expected to play in Game Four... Mike Modano and Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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Report from Glendale, Franzen is in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 10:31 PM

 

I know this is a little late but why are they starting this game at 10:30? I've only seen 10:30 starts in the pacific time zone. Phoenix is in mountain.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 10:35 PM

 

Checking in from Yokota Japan. I have missed the previous games and I have to rely on the 97.1 feed in conjunction with the NHL.com ice tracker. Sounds like the Yotes are going to be very physical.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/18/2011 at 10:43 PM

 

Helm on Jovo... Interesting... SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/18/2011 at 10:44 PM

 

Coyotes looking to make hits all over the place to start, Helm fights one off and gets it to Salei to open the game's scoring.

And Miller adds another! Jesus...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 10:45 PM

 

Kronner!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/18/2011 at 10:45 PM

 

Well that's a good way to stat the game. Ive got the Vs feed again here in Afghanistan.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 10:46 PM

 

The AFN feed here has the video 30 seconds ahead of the audio. Add that to the Vs announcers and you have 'suck.'

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 10:49 PM

 

Look like Phx is really trying to create some odd man rushes the way they are leting us have the boards down low.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 10:58 PM

 

Jimmy with a couple big stops. Coyotes running Lidstrom now. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 11:07 PM

 

If Nick gets hurt, we'll have a problem.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/18/2011 at 11:09 PM

 

Wings getting sloppy with the lead again. Jimmy standing strong. Coyotes getting angry, Detroit needs to take advantage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 11:22 PM

 

Well, if the Wings can stay out of the penalty bow and let Phx continue to instigat fights and take cheap shots we should be allright.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 11:23 PM

 

Is MD awake? Her boy puts Detroit up buy three.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 11:43 PM

 

There ya go Abby!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 11:43 PM

 

Damn. Real nice PK for 1:53, then a complete breakdown.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2011 at 11:56 PM

 

No. The Vs announcers don't sound like they're being homers for Phx... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/puke.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":puke:" border="0" alt="puke.gif" />

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/18/2011 at 11:57 PM

 

We're getting run all over the place in our own zone.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:06 AM

 

No. The Vs announcers don't sound like they're being homers for Phx... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/puke.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":puke:" border="0" alt="puke.gif" />


Lucky enough to get Ken and Mick.Wings are coasting still. Need to survive the period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 12:06 AM

 

Looks like Helm got away with one there...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:11 AM

 

Tipet: "No call?.... No call?..."

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:13 AM

 

Wings are mostly holding on, Babs had better wake them up in the room.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 12:14 AM

 

And the Kraken comes alive!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:31 AM

 

Motherf*cking sniped! Holy sh*t, that was a shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 12:31 AM

 

Have we taken any shots on the PP tonight? Shoot that damn thing!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:34 AM

 

Have we taken any shots on the PP tonight? Shoot that damn thing!


Power play has been sh*t tonight.Game has slowed way down. Not sure how in it the Coyotes really are but they've got a power play now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 12:54 AM

 

PK is looking like crap tonight...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 12:55 AM

 

Son of a bitch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 12:55 AM

 

That's right yotes, end it cheap...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/19/2011 at 1:09 AM

 

Wings hold on for the win and Datsyuk gets hit at the buzzer. The expected ending.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2011 at 1:09 AM

 
Ruslan Salei

Ruslan Salei
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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