The Phoenix Coyotes scored twice late in the third period on Thursday night, lifting them to a 4-2 win over the host Detroit Red Wings.
Michael Stone sent a blast from the blue line off the inside of the goalpost to the right of Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and into the back of the net to break a 2-2 tie with 4:47 remaining in regulation, just seconds after the expiration of a Coyotes’ power play.
With 51 seconds left, Antoine Vermette added an empty-net goal after Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson failed to hold the puck in at the Phoenix blue line.
Derek Morris had gotten the Coyotes on the board just 2:21 into the game with a shot similar to Stone’s, a blast from the point off the same goalpost and in behind Howard.
Joakim Andersson tied things up at 5:07 of the second period, lifting the rebound of a Jakub Kindl floater towards the goal into the top of the net.
Just 53 seconds later, Jonathan Ericsson rifled a shot past Phoenix goalie Mike Smith to put Detroit out front.
Mikkel Boedker tied things back up at 7:04 of the period, outwaiting a sprawling Howard to lift the rebound of a Morris chance into the top of the net.
Howard finished the night with 34 saves on 37 shots against while Smith had 28 stops on 30 Detroit chances.
After four days off, the Red Wings are back home tonight hosting the Phoenix Coyotes for (technically) the last time, barring a Stanley Cup Finals matchup. Next season the team will be the Arizona Coyotes as part of their new ownership group’s deal with the City of Glendale.
Tomas Tatar is back to being a healthy scratch, replaced by Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup, which means the Wings are back to the lineup that won the first two games of the season. Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.
Jordin Tootoo is available but will also need to work his way into the lineup. Patrick Eaves is not yet ready but expects to be available by the eleventh game of the season, when he’s eligible to come off long-term injured reserve.
Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.