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Coyotes Vs. Red Wings Game 3: Desert Dogs Barking, But Still Down Two After Two Periods

It's 3-1 Detroit at the second intermission.

Adrian Aucoin hit the post with a shot just over a minute into the second period. Imagine the lift that a goal would have given the Coyotes at that point, down 2-0. 

Instead, Detroit went up 3-0 at the 17:10 mark of the period. Drew Miller, already with a goal tonight, centered to Valtteri Filppula (cool name), and the center from Finland was able to get to the pass with a long reach and get off a shot that beat Ilya Bryzgalov

This has not been a good game for the goalkeeper who so many times this season has picked up his teammates. In fact, it's safer to say this has been a series to forget for Bryz, as the Coyotes are 20 minutes away from facing the brink of elimination.

Perhaps they have something left, as the chances have been there time and again. At 10:16, Eric Belanger's pass to Shane Doan was right in front but Doan couldn't put it away. Six seconds later, a Red Wings penalty gave the Coyotes their first power play, and as they've done with success in this series, Phoenix converted with the advantage. 

David Schlemko scored at the 8:17 mark of the period to make it 3-1, but right wing Mikkel Boedker made the play happen. With the Red Wings' Darren Helm hooking him from behind, Boedker got off the pass to Schlemko, who waited and waited before shooting and beating Jimmy Howard from his right side.

In the last four minutes of the period, Phoenix had two other great chances to put away a loose puck in front of Howard but could not.