Red Wings Finish Sweep of Coyotes with 6-3 Win

The Detroit Red Wings rode three third-period goals to a 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night, completing a four-game sweep in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Danny Cleary scored on a shot from the left corner with 6:19 remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie. Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov came off the near post and Cleary's acute-angle shot deflected off of Bryzgalov's arm and into the net.

Todd Bertuzzi put Detroit up by a pair 1:53 later when his wraparound attempt deflected off defenseman David Schlemko's skate and slipped past Bryzgalov.

Patrick Eaves added an empty net goal to finish off the scoring, his second goal of the night.

Detroit had opened the game's scoring just 3:47 into the first period. Tomas Holmstrom chipped the puck through the neutral zone for Pavel Datsyuk to gain the Phoenix zone. Datsyuk cut latterally through the slot and dropped a pass for a streaking Holmstrom to fling past Bryzgalov.

The Coyotes responded 1:59 later, when Taylor Pyatt's attempted crossing pass from the left wing boards deflected off of Jonathan Ericsson's skate and slid past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

At 9:46 of the period, Shane Doan gave Phoenix its second lead of the series, winning a battle along the boards and stepping into the left faceoff circle to fire a shot that deflected off of Nicklas Lidstrom and squeaked past Howard.

Eaves scored his first of the night to tie things back up with 1:13 remaining in the opening frame. Darren Helm bowled over Michal Rozsival and Keith Yandle behind the Phoenix net and came away with the puck, coming out to the side of the goal and sending a cross-crease pass to Eaves for a tap-in.

Martin Hanzal put Phoenix back in front just 1:09 into the second. Radim Vrbata drifted across the front of the net with the puck on a Coyotes power play before passing off to Hanzal at the far side of the net. Hanzal buried it into the open goal as Howard dove to get back.

Detroit countered with their own power play goal as Niklas Kronwall buried a rebound chance from the slot after a scramble in front of the net at 4:49.

The Coyotes finished the night with one goal on two power play tries while the Red Wings went one-for-three with the extra attacker.

Howard stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced. Bryzgalov made 34 saves on 39 shots.

Detroit must now wait for the conclusion of the other first-round matchups to know who they will play in the Western Conference Semifinals.


Notes: The Red Wings played without Henrik Zetterberg (knee) and Johan Franzen (ankle). Zetterberg missed all four games of the series while Franzen was a late scratch, having taken the pre-game skate. Mike Modano replaced Franzen in the lineup... Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch on defense.

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Modano in, Franzen out for Detroit, per Malik.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:35 PM

 

Holy cow! All three other games are tied right now. Two of them in OT.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:39 PM

 

FSD says it's Franzen's ankle, he can't push off well enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:40 PM

 

Well, I'm stuck watching the Caps/NYR game till it ends....

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:42 PM

 

Homer made a great start to that play and a great finish, with an amazing move by Pavs in the middle.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:47 PM

 

Damn, in off Ericsson's skate. Wasted that fantastic opening goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:50 PM

 

Nashville's getting owned right now. Pittsburg won in 2OT.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:55 PM

 

Ugh, Coyotes put one barely through Howard after Detroit can't clear off the ref.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:58 PM

 

OK. Caps won in 2OT. Now give me the Wings game AFN.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:00 PM

 

Bert had a tie game on his stick right there. Great stop by Bryzgalov but I don't think Bertuzzi put it where he wanted.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:07 PM

 

Yes!

Nightmare on Helm Street!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:13 PM

 

Big grindy goal. Helm knocking people around, Eaves going to the net for the tip-in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:14 PM

 

Stupid penaly and a breakdown by the defense lead to that. 4 Wings on 1 Coyote?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:16 PM

 

Brutal D on the PK. Bunch of guys drifted away from Hanzal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:35 PM

 

And we're tied again.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:42 PM

 

Great job by Kronner to stick with it and get to the rebound there. Nice shot. Holding serve on the PP.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:42 PM

 

Big save by Jimmy.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:59 PM

 

That chance never should have happened. Big stop by Jimmy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:59 PM

 

Big chance on the PP here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:00 AM

 

Damn, some nice chances there, nothing in the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:04 AM

 

Checking in once again from Yokota AFB.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 12:13 AM

 

Wings not scoring on the PP is gonna come back and bite them in the ass. Phoenix has their chances coming up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:15 AM

 

We need a better 3d period. Looked like we were just trying to hang on again at times. We're letting them take it over our blue line unchallenged too many times. We'll pay for this if it doesn't stop.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:17 AM

 

Here is the latest series stats:

DET PHX

12 Goals: 7

101 Shots: 91

3 Power Play Goals: 5

0 Short Handed Goals: 0

101 Hits: 102

15 Give Aways: 21

33 Take Aways: 17

46 Blocked Shots: 32

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 12:20 AM

 

This game reminds me of Game Four of the Columbus series from 2009. Hoping for the same outcome.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:32 AM

 

Amother dumb penalty by Stuart.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:44 AM

 

Solid kill, for once.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:46 AM

 

Cleary! 4-3!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:54 AM

 

CLEARY!!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:54 AM

 

How on Earth did that go in? Holy sheeyat.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

TURN THE LIGHTS ON IN WINNIPEG!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

Bert! Off the skate and in, 5-3!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

Signed, sealed, and delivered. That's a sweep!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:09 AM

 

Get the brooms out! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> I've been waiting so long to say that again.

Now I wonder how many more times they can mention that the Coyotes might not exist anymore in the next 30 seconds.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2011 at 1:10 AM

 

One down!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 1:10 AM

 

Rest up boys! Good day from hot, sunny, and dusty Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:12 AM

 

Get out the brooms!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 1:13 AM

 

As for Game Four from the Detroit perspective... Damn, the grinders were out tonight. The first Patrick Eaves goal sums up this series to me. Darren Helm banged the puck loose, took it himself for the shot, and Eaves drove to the net to knock it in. It was about physicality and taking advantage of the chances you get.


I like what Babcock said about not being sure that the Wings have a fourth line....You can put guys like Helm or Eaves or Abdelkader in any line on the team, and they fit and respond. I hope we can keep them.

Posted by OldBroad on 4/21/2011 at 10:49 AM

 
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