Power Play Goals Carry Coyotes Past Red Wings in Game One

The Phoenix Coyotes scored three times on the power play Wednesday night, providing all the offense they needed en route to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

Phoenix scored on three of their four total power plays. The fourth was shortened by the Coyotes taking a penalty of their own.

The Red Wings opened the scoring with 7:43 left in the first period when Tomas Holmstrom wristed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle over the glove of Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, who seemingly whiffed on the attempted save.

The Coyotes responded 1:56 later. Just nine seconds into a power play, Keith Yandle snapped a shot on net that redirected off of defenseman Brad Stuart‘s leg and past goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Detroit regained the lead with a power play goal of their own with 3:33 remaining in the period. Nicklas Lidstrom sent a slap shot from the blue line between four players’ legs on its way past Bryzgalov.

Wojtek Wolski one-timed a chance from the right faceoff circle past Howard at 6:15 of the second period for Phoenix’s second power play goal to tie the game.

Derek Morris scored just 2:19 into the third, putting the Coyotes in front. Matthew Lombardi won a faceoff in the left circle back to Morris at the blue line. Shane Doan knocked Darren Helm down away from the puck to give Morris a clear path to the top of the slot where he blasted a shot past Howard.

The Red Wings were unable to pull back even in the game’s closing minutes and the Coyotes held on to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Howard made 32 saves on 35 Phoenix shots while Bryzgalov stopped 38 of 40 chances.

Game Two of the series will be Friday in Glendale.

Red Wings – Coyotes: Series Preview

It’s been a long regular season, an odd regular season for most Red Wings fans, but here we are on the opening day of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Six weeks ago the Red Wings were out of the playoffs. Today they’re the Western Conference’s fifth seed, with a record better than six of the eight playoff teams in the Eastern Conference (and only a point back of the New Jersey Devils). That jump came courtesy of a 16-3-2 run after the Olympic Break, including a stretch of twelve games in which they earned at least a point.

The Wings come into the playoffs on a roll but in an unfamiliar position. They haven’t started a postseason run on the road since 1991, when they were the Norris Division’s third seed facing the second-seeded St. Louis Blues. They lost that series, 4-3.

Detroit hasn’t been the lower-seeded team in any series since the 2000 Western Conference Semifinals, when the fourth-seeded Wings lost to the third-seeded Colorado Avalanche in five games.

Additionally, the Red Wings haven’t headed into a playoff riding a rookie goalie since 1994, when Chris Osgood took over for Bob Essensa as Detroit fell to the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

While six weeks ago no one knew if the Red Wings would be in the playoffs today, a year ago no one knew if the Phoenix Coyotes would even exist right now.

The Coyotes are the NHL’s Cinderella story, finishing fourth in the Western Conference despite a year of ownership by the league itself after the team declared bankruptcy last spring.

Wayne Gretzky was replaced as head coach by Dave Tippett, the favorite to win the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s best coach. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had a Vezina Trophy-worthy season.

The Red Wings were unbeaten in regulation against the Coyotes this season, going 2-0-2. However all four of those games came while Detroit was battling injuries and before Phoenix added veteran depth at the trade deadline.

Detroit has added forwards Justin Abdelkader and Brad May back to their roster but head coach Mike Babcock won’t be making any lineup changes for tonight’s Game One, choosing to ride a winning lineup.

Phoenix, meanwhile, is expected to start the series without former Red Wing Robert Lang, out with an upper-body injury.

Game time tonight is 10:00 on FSD and Versus.

Holmstrom Scores Two as Red Wings Down Coyotes

Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots Saturday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The goals were the team-leading fourteenth and fifteenth for Holmstrom. Both came on net-front deflections, a Holmstrom specialty.

With 5:16 left in the first period and a Detroit power play having just expired, Holmstrom tipped a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom past Ilya Bryzgalov to put the Red Wings on the board.

Matthew Lombardi evened things up at 5:53 of the second, taking advantage of a five-on-three for the Coyotes to get to the far side of Howard’s net and bang in a shot off a cross-crease feed from former Red Wing Robert Lang.

Holmstrom put Detroit up again with 19 seconds left in the middle period, deflecting another Lidstrom shot.

Pavel Datsyuk beat Bryzgalov with a shot from the slot into the top corner of the net on a Red Wings power play 5:51 into the third period and Darren Helm added an empty net goal to wrap up the scoring.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play, as did Phoenix.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 of 35 shots against.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Tuesday in Anaheim.

The game was the 900th of Todd Bertuzzi‘s career.

Red Wings Win Game, Lose Ericsson

The Detroit Red Wings downed the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night but lost yet another key player to injury as defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game early.

Ericsson injured his knee in a collision with Phoenix’s Shane Doan late in the first period. The Coyotes scored their first goal of the game while Ericsson was down on the ice.

With Darren Helm already out, Ericsson became the eighth Red Wing missing from the Detroit lineup as the game continued.

Helm’s replacement, Kris Newbury, scored the game’s opening goal just 5:25 into the game. Newbury banged the puck past Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov off a centering feed.

Patrick Eaves added a shorthanded goal with 9:23 left in the period, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Bryzgalov on a rush.

The Coyotes pulled pulled back to within a goal with 4:52 left in the first. After Ericsson fell to the ice from the hit by Doan, the Red Wings could not regain control of the puck in their own end of the ice, ending with Taylor Pyatt putting it past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on the open side of the net.

Derek Meech restored the two-goal lead for Detroit at 2:05 of the second, firing a shot from just inside the blue line that seemed to fool Bryzgalov, slipping through his glove.

Radim Verbata put the Coyotes back within a goal with 37 seconds remaining in the second period but the Wings held on through a scoreless third to preserve the lead and get the win.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Phoenix shots. Bryzgalov stopped 29 of 32 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had four tries with the extra attacker while the Coyotes had three.

Ericsson will be reevaluated on Tuesday. In addition to him, the Red Wings are missing Andreas Lilja, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary and Darren Helm.

Late Goals Lift Coyotes over Red Wings

The Phoenix Coyotes scored with 2:40 left in regulation and again in overtime to rally from down by a goal and defeat the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Petr Prucha scored to tie the game when the Red Wings led 2-1 and Adrian Aucoin got the game-winner.

Prucha’s goal came on a goal-mouth scramble that saw Detroit netminder Chris Osgood pushed into the net on the play.

Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought Osgood was interferred with on the play, yelling at the officials, “Do your f—ing job!”

Aucoin scored on a seemingly-soft shot from the right wing that deflected off of Osgood’s pad, then off his stick on the way into the net.

Detroit had taken the lead in the game at 7:45 of the second period on a goal by Brett Lebda. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk broke into the Phoenix zone and drew the defenders to them on the right wing, leaving Lebda wide open when he jumped into the play and fired a shot past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The two teams traded power play goals in the first period, with Matthew Lombardi scoring for Phoenix with 3:30 left and Tomas Holmstrom tipping a puck past Bryzgalov with 20 seconds remaining.

Pavel Datsyuk earned assists on both goals in his first game back in the Detroit lineup after missing two with a shoulder injury.

The Red Wings went one-for-four on the power play while the Coyotes were one-for-three.

Osgood made 30 saves on 33 shots against. Bryzgalov stopped 25 of 27 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Franzen Lifts Red Wings Over Coyotes in OT

Johan Franzen scored with 1:25 remaining in the overtime period Tuesday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

The overtime goal came after Valtteri Filppula won a faceoff in the Phoenix zone. Carrying the puck, Franzen cut to the high slot from the top of the right circle and snapped a shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov‘s shoulder.

Filppula had scored the game’s opening goal just 1:18 into the game. Franzen carried the puck down the right wing boards on a three-on-two with Filppula and Jiri Hudler before passing across to Filppula at the Phoenix blueline. Filppula snapped a quick shot into the top corner of the net to get the Red Wings on the board.

Martin Hanzel tied the game with 3:47 left in the opening period, coming out of the corner in the Red Wings end and pushing to the front of the net to bang his own rebound past Detroit netminder Ty Conklin.

A Brian Rafalski power play goal with 9:23 remaining in regulation put Detroit back out in front but Shane Doan deflected an Ed Jovanovski shot from the point on a Phoenix power play just 1:13 later to even things back up.

The Red Wings finished the game one-for-one on the power play while the Coyotes scored on one of their three tries with the extra attacker.

Conklin made 23 saves on 25 Phoenix shots. Bryzgalov stopped forty of Detroit’s 43 attempts.

Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Detroit lineup after missing 18 games with a sports hernia… Marian Hossa missed his third game with a neck injury.

Red Wings Bounce Back Against Coyotes Again

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 2-1 against the Phoenix Coyotes for the fourth time this season, scoring twice in the third period to take a 3-2 win.

Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom led the comeback, combining on the tying and game-winning goals.

At 9:09 of the third period, Lidstrom wristed a shot from the top of the left circle, bouncing off the inside of Holmstrom’s leg in the slot and past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to knot the game up at two goals each.

Just 3:23 later, Lidstrom’s blast from the blue line slipped through a screen by Holmstrom and behind Bryzgalov.

Chris Osgood kept the Red Wings in the game early and in the lead late, stopping Shane Doan on a breakaway with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Henrik Zetterberg, returning to the lineup after missing two games and the All-Star Game with a back injury, got Detroit on the board early, scoring at 3:54 of the first period. Zetterberg carried the puck into the left wing corner and threw it back out to the net, where it deflected off Bryzgalov and in.

Martin Hanzel and Ed Jovanovski countered for Phoenix.

Hanzel scored at 9:57 of the first, when a centering attempt by Niklas Kronwall deflected off of Daniel Winnik to Hanzel in the high slot, leaving him all alone to snap a shot past Osgood.

Jovanovski gave the Coyotes the lead at 8:31 of the second, scoring on a blast from the blue line through a three-player screen.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting three chances with the extra attacker and Phoenix getting one.

Osgood made 32 saves on 34 shots. Bryzgalov stopped 36 of 39 Red Wings chances.

Niklas Kronwall left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. The Red Wings called it a sternoclavicular cartilage injury, which is expected to sideline the defenseman for at least a week.

Red Wings Open Season with Shootout Win over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night, opening their season with a victory over the team that elminated them from the playoffs last spring.

Jiri Hudler scored the only goal of the shootout, faking out goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in the third round. Bryzgalov had previously stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, while Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek made saves on Todd Bertuzzi, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry.

The Red Wings got on the board first with a power play goal by Zetterberg at 9:46 of the first period. Left all alone in the right faceoff circle, Zetterberg wristed a shot over Bryzgalov’s shoulder.

The Ducks tied things up with 5:28 remaining in the second. A shot by Perry deflected off the skate of Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja and to the slot, where former Red Wing Bertuzzi grabbed it and wristed it past Hasek.

Bertuzzi connected with Getzlaf for Anaheim’s second goal, scored on the power play with 42 seconds remaining in the period.

Tomas Holmstrom tied the game at 4:04 of the third period on another power play goal. After a blast by Brian Rafalski, the puck came to Zetterberg at the side of the net. He threw it out front and Holmstrom lifted it over Bryzgalov.

Rafalski wasn’t the only Red Wings newcomer to make his presence felt, as Dallas Drake got in a second-period fight with Perry.

Hasek made 13 saves on 15 shots against. Bryzgalov stopped 40 of 42 Detroit shots.

Detroit went two-for-seven on the power play while Anaheim was one-for-five.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks, featuring former Red Wing Robert Lang.

Tkachuk Scores Four as US Defeats Russia, 5-3

Keith Tkachuk scored four goals and added an assist Tuesday night, carrying Team USA to a 5-3 win over Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey quarterfinals.

The third-seeded American squad had lost their preliminary round matchup with the Russians by the score of 3-1.

Tkachuk opened the game’s scoring by tipping a Mike Modano backhand shot between the legs of Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov with 8:40 remaining in the first period.

Just 1:56 into the second period, Tkachuk struck again when he took a pass from Bill Guerin in front of the net and drove the puck by Bryzgalov.

The Russians evened the game on goals by Dmitry Afanasenkov and Danius Zubrus.

Scott Gomez scored off the rebound of a Tkachuk shot at 4:25 of the third and 22 seconds later Tkachuk got the hat trick by redirecting a pass from Guerin at the side of the net.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored on the power play to bring Russia within a goal but it wouldn’t be enough.

Tkachuk’s fourth goal of the night came with the Russian net empty and 55 seconds left to play.

The United States now advances to the semifinals, where they will face either the Czech Republic or Finland, depending on the result of the Canada-Slovakia matchup on Wednesday night.

In the first quarterfinal game of the tournament, Finland held off a hungry German team to earn a late 2-1 victory on Monday. The Czech Republic capitalized on weak Swedish goaltending to pick up a 6-1 win in Tuesday’s early game.

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