DETROIT, MI - APRIL 16: Ed Jovanovski #55 of the Phoenix Coyotes puts a glove in the face of Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Coyotes Drop Game 2 To Red Wings, Come Home 0-2 In Series

The Coyotes looked like they didn't even belong on the same ice as the Red Wings when they went down 4-0 but they battled back and at least made it a game. Detroit won 4-3.

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Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game 2 Goes To Detroit, 4-3 After Gritty Comeback Attempt

There was a point early in the second period where the Phoenix Coyotes didn't look like they even belonged on the same ice as the Detroit Red Wings. The broadcasters called them the "Washington Generals" and openly speculated on pulling star goalie Ilya Bryzgolov. 

But the Coyotes battled back from a 4-0 deficit with three power play goals to at least given themselves both a chance to tie the game late and some confidence and momentum coming home for Game 3. Detroit now leads the series 2-0 with the next meeting coming on Monday in Glendale at arena.

The third period started with the momentum and possession in Phoenix' favor which translated into two power play goals from The Capitan, Shane Doan. The ability to take advantage of the extra man was a key going into this game and it certainly played out that way. Five of the seven goals scored were on the power play including all three from Phoenix.

Take away a few of the dumb penalties in the first period, and the Coyotes very well could be tied in the series instead of facing a must win scenario for Game 3.

For more on this game, visit Coyotes blog, Five for Howling.


Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Detroit Red Wings: Dogs Wake Up But Still In Big Hole After Two, 4-1

There were two goals in the second period but unfortunately for the Coyotes, it was one per side and that's not how you make up a three-goal deficit. The period opened with a quick goal by the Red Wings as the home team dominated play and looked like they had the Desert Dogs ready to scamper home with their tails between their legs. But the Coyotes woke up and fought like corned dogs and at least managed to get on the board and play better for the rest of the period.

Thomas Holmstrom scored just 1:11 into the period on a tip-in with assists to Filppula and Datsyuk. Holmstrom snuck behind an inattentive defense for a clean tip in front of the net.

The Coyotes got in the scoring column with a power play goal by Radim Vrbata off a Keith Yandle pass. Vrbata's shot went between the defenders legs and snuck into the side of the net.


Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Detroit Red Wings: Penalties Killing Coyotes, Red Wings Up 3-0 After 1st Period

In Game 1 the Phoenix Coyotes struck first and lost. Hopefully, that trend will continue in Game 2 but the deficit is deep. Detroit scored twice on power play goals and then put in a third on the rush. The Coyotes committed several silly penalties in the first period which put them in a 2-0 hole and then got beat by a brilliant play on the third.

The first goal came at 10:42 by Pavel Datsyuk with assists to Nicklas Lidstrom and Todd Bertuzzi. Datsyuk fired one in from up top while Ilya Bryzgolov was screened by activity in front of the crease.

The second power play goal came from Brian Rafalski at 15:50 with assists to Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. Once again Bryzgolov was screened and Rafalski snuck a shot in under his stick.

The third goal at 19:01 came on a rebound by Darren Helm after Datsyuk made a great move to get a clean look at goal that was deflected straight to Helm. The Coyotes defense was no where to be seen.

The Coyotes are enough of an underdog in this series, they can't afford dumb penalties. 10 minutes in the period on penalty kill off three calls is not going to get it done.

Phoenix had eight shots on goal to nine for Detroit.

Game Thread at Five for Howling

Phoenix Coyotes @ Detroit Red Wings GameThread, Apr 16, 2011 10:00 AM MST - Five For Howling
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