Red Wings Score Five in the First to Power Past Coyotes

The Detroit Red Wings scored five first period goals Thursday night, all the scoring they needed to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2.

Todd Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first 2:09 of the period to get the Red Wings out to the early lead. In the final 5:14 of the opening frame, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler added three more goals.

Bertuzzi opened the games scoring 1:16 into the game. He took a pass near the top of the right faceoff circle from Pavel Datsyuk and backhanded the puck into the slot, where he caught up with it and snapped a shot between the pads of Coyotes' goalie Mike Smith.

Just 53 seconds later, Filppula - returning to the lineup after missing a game with a deep cut on his leg - was left all alone in front of the Phoenix net to take a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and put a wrister past Smith.

Holmstrom restarted the scoring on a power play with 5:14 left in the first. Ian White drove into the slot and threw a shot on net with Holmstrom there to knock in the rebound.

Helm made it 4-0 43 seconds later. He gave the puck to Chris Conner in the right circle and went to the net. Conner carried it down low and got it back to Helm to bang past Smith. Smith would be pulled for Jason Labarbera after the goal.

Hudler wrapped up the period's scoring with 43 seconds left. After failing to score off a turnover in the Phoenix end, Filppula took the puck to the left wing boards and sent a pass across to Zetterberg in the slot. Zetterberg moved it on to Hudler in the right circle and he threw it into the open side of the net.

Radim Vrbata got the Coyotes on the board with 4:15 left in the second period, rifling a shot from the top of the right circle past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Martin Hanzal added another Phoenix goal with 8:28 left in the third when a Shane Doan power play shot deflected off of his pants on its way past Howard.

Both teams had five power play chances on the night and each scored a goal.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots. Smith stopped seven of the eleven shots he faced in 15:29 of play while Labarbera made 20 saves on 21 shots to close out the night for the Coyotes.

The Red Wings will next be in action on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets.

Notes: Pavel Datsyuk was kept out of the third period as a precaution, as he reported feeling sore earlier in the day. He is expected to be available on Saturday... Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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The Red Wings return home from their three game road trip to face the former Jets, followed by the current Jets. The Phoenix Coyotes are tonight's visitors with Winnipeg visiting on Saturday.

Valtteri Filppula returns to the Detroit lineup tonight, bumping Cory Emmerton back out. That's the only lineup change for the Wings, with Mike Commodore remaining a healthy scratch and Jimmy Howard getting the start.

Phoenix PR guy Tim Bulmer tweeted, "The #Coyotes went unbeaten against the Red Wings in '10-11 (2-0-2); first time since the 1991-92 season." earlier today, conveniently ignoring the other four games the teams played last year. This is the first meeting between the Red Wings and Coyotes since Detroit swept Phoenix out of the first round of the playoffs.

Game time is 7:30 on FSD. I'll miss most of this one with a 7:50 soccer game but will catch what I can and comment later.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/8/2011 at 6:18 PM


Nothing like turning the tv on to witness two goals!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 7:42 PM


Ian White is fitting in nicely.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 8:04 PM


4-0 now. Phoenix isn't happy.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 8:07 PM


Just tuned in. Am I missing a clinnic or what ?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/8/2011 at 8:09 PM


What is going on in this game? hahahaha Oh lawdy.

"There's been more giveaways here than the Salvation Army" - Mickey Redmond

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 8:13 PM


Holy sheiza! 5-0!

And they're playin the Hawaii Five Oh song! lol

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/8/2011 at 8:14 PM


Well, the Coyotes somewhat got themselves together as there have not been any goals this period.

Motherf*ck, I jinxed it. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 8:55 PM


Not sure if Howard had any chance on that heat.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/8/2011 at 8:58 PM


OK. That's enough. Don't let them crawl back into this...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/8/2011 at 9:43 PM


Is Datsyuk out? Nooooooo

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/8/2011 at 9:54 PM


Lower body injury. NFI.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/8/2011 at 10:01 PM

Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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