Kronwall’s OT Goal Lifts Red Wings over Coyotes

Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored with 16 seconds left in overtime Saturday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kronwall fired a shot from the high slot through a screen set by Danny Cleary and over the shoulder of Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to win the game for Detroit.

The goal came with seven seconds remaining in the Red Wings’ eighth power play of the night. They had been held scoreless with the extra attacker until that point.

The Coyotes had opened the scoring with ten seconds remaining in the first period.

After winning a faceoff in the Detroit end, the Coyotes worked the puck down to the corner. Martin Hanzel jumped to open space in the slot and Wojtek Wolski sent the puck to him for a one-timer past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Pavel Datsyuk evened the game up at 7:03 of the second when his centering attempt to Patrick Eaves deflected off the skate of Lee Stempniak and slipped past Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov stopped 31 of 33 shots on the night while Howard made 25 saves on 26 Phoenix chances.

Detroit held the Coyotes scoreless on four power play tries.

The Red Wings are now off until Thursday when they host the Calgary Flames to begin a four-game homestand.

The Red Wings iced only 17 skaters, with Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Justin Abdelkader all out of the lineup due to injury.

Red Wings Could Dress 17 Skaters Against Coyotes

The Red Wings appear in their fourth home opener in five games tonight, visiting Glendale for the Phoenix Coyotes’ first true home game of the season.

The Coyotes are coming off of a split of their NHL Premiere season-opening series in Prague against the Boston Bruins.

Detroit is expected to ice 17 skaters tonight, as they’re too close to the cap to call up a replacement for Johan Franzen. Justin Abdelkader did take the morning skate but the team has not said whether he would be able to go tonight.

Continuing the goalie rotation used for the first four games of the season, Jimmy Howard gets the start tonight.

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