Coyotes Snap Skid With Third Period Comeback Against Red Wings

The Coyotes are one loss away from their longest losing streak in two years. So much for being the hottest team in town.

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Coyotes Shock Red Wings With Third Period Comeback

For the better part of two periods, it looked like the Coyotes were going to continue their fall down the Western Conference standings.

Hosting the Detroit Red Wings, always an interesting show at Jobing.com Arena, the Coyotes found themselves down by three goals after the first two periods.

As has been the case of late, they were let down by special teams, surrendering both a power play goal to Johan Franzen, and a shorthanded score to Darren Helm. Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula also netted goals, with Kyle Turris' late first period goal standing as the only Phoenix tally.

Many surely filed out of Jobing.com after those two periods, with the Yotes destined to drop their sixth consecutive contest. The Phoenix offense would have something to say about that.

It all started with a blunder by the Red Wings. A pass from Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard behind his net was fumbled by Darren Helm, leaving the net wide open for Mikkel Boedker, to help the Coyotes creep back in it.

The Coyotes' presence in front of the net would pay off late. Ray Whitney continued his steady play, with his 13th of the year to make it 4-3. With just under two to play, Martin Hanzal used his size in front of the net to slip a rebound past Howard to bring the Coyotes all the way back.

After the two sides played to an overtime draw, they would treat the sellout crowd to a shootout. The lone goal came from Radim Vrbata, on one of those backhanded shots which went top shelf on Howard. Detroit missed the net one two of their three shots, with Ilya Bryzgalov making the stop on Pavel Datsyuk's chance.

The win proved crucial for the Coyotes, who would have dropped down to a tie for seventh place, in terms of points, in the Western Conference had they dropped another.

Instead, the Coyotes remain in fifth, two points off the Chicago Blackhawks, and four behind the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks. 

After a tough one against the Wings on Saturday, the Coyotes will get two days off to rest for a big one, when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com on Tuesday.

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Phoenix Coyotes Schedule: Red Wings End Roadie In Glendale

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to avoid their longest losing streak in over two years as they host a Detroit Red Wings club that is set to wrap a five-game road trip this evening at Jobing.com Arena.

Phoenix had charged to the top of the Pacific Division with an eight-game winning streak from Feb. 5-22, but a subsequent 0-4-1 slide has pushed the club into a tie with Los Angeles for second place, six points behind leading San Jose.

The Coyotes also find themselves tied with the Kings for sixth overall in the Western Conference standings after Thursday's 1-0 setback to Los Angeles.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 17 saves, with the lone goal allowed coming with defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the penalty box for high-sticking in the third period. Klesla was playing in his second game since being acquired from the Blue Jackets and had scored in his debut with the club on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, it seemed like whoever was going to get the first goal was going to win that game," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. "Unfortunately, they got a bounce that went off the shin pad and in, and we couldn't get the one to tie it."

Phoenix will now try to avoid losing six in a row for the first time since Jan. 27-Feb. 7, 2009 in the opener of a three-game homestand. The Coyotes have won five of their last six as the host.

Forward Martin Hanzal missed Thursday's game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

The Red Wings will try to get their offense on track in the desert as they have been held to just one goal in each contest of back-to-back road losses. Detroit had a six-game road winning streak end in Anaheim on Wednesday, then didn't give Phoenix any help with a 3-1 setback the following night in San Jose.

Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and Joey MacDonald gave up three tallies on 28 shots for Detroit, which has lost four of six overall and dropped three of four to San Jose this season.

"They seem to get up for us," Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart said of the Sharks.

Detroit is 2-2 on its five-game road trip and was without blueliner Brian Rafalski for a fourth game in a row due to back spasms. He is questionable for this game.

The Red Wings remain four points back of Vancouver for the top spot in the NHL and Western Conference, but the third-seeded Sharks have pulled to within three points of second place.

Tonight marks the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the Coyotes and Red Wings this season, and first since Nov. 8 in Detroit. Detroit has won two of the three matchups, but both victories came in overtime.

The Red Wings were 2-1 overtime winners when the clubs last met at Jobing.com Arena on Oct. 16. Detroit has nine wins and a tie in its last 12 trips to the desert.

Howard is 4-0-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average versus Phoenix, while Bryzgalov is 7-8-5 with a 2.76 GAA when facing the Red Wings.

 

The puck drops at 6:00 p.m. local time and will be broadcast Fox Sports Arizona Plus (channel details here). Follow along with other Coyotes fans at the live game thread at Five for Howling.

 

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