COYOTES SUFFER HOME LOSS TO DETROIT
Red Wings at Coyotes Game Recap
By: Sergey Kocharov
Photos by Norm Hall
The two-week Olympic break did nothing to change the offensive prowess of the Detroit Red Wings.
Henrik Zetterberg and Brendan Shanahan each had two goals and Niklas Lidstrom recorded a goal and three assists as the Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 7-3 in front of a sellout crowd at Glendale Arena on Saturday night.
"It was interesting, anytime you are shorthanded five times in the first period on the road, you are lucky to survive," said Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock. "It was a big win for us."
Shane Doan, Mike Ricci and Steven Reinprecht all scored for the Coyotes, who concluded their franchise-record 10-game homestand with a 3-5-2 record.
"We don't have the depth of Detroit so our work ethic has to be more than theirs and obviously, in the first part of the game, it wasn't," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "Your only as good as your last shift and we looked like we were enjoying the fruits of our last victory too much."
Curtis Joseph made 20 saves in his 11th consecutive start before being replaced by Philippe Sauve to start the third period. Manny Legace, meanwhile, stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings, who improved to NHL best 42-14-5.
"We didn't have the start we hoped for," said Joseph. "We had to play them physical and that's easier said than done against that team."
Zetterberg scored his first goal of the game to give Detroit a 3-0 lead at the 12:36 mark of the first period. The Coyotes used their power play to inch within a goal when Doan and Reinprecht connected in a 32-second span.
After Steve Yzerman gave the Red Wings a 4-2 lead in the second period, Ricci brought Phoenix back within a goal with his eighth goal of the season.
It seemed as if the Coyotes were on a comeback trail but Detroit responded with three goals in the next 3:47 - which included two goals in 15 seconds - to erase any doubts.
Zetterberg, positioned in front of the net, notched his second goal of the game with a quick wrist shot to give the Red Wings a 5-3 lead. Just seconds later, Lidstrom extended the Red Wings' lead with a long shot that beat Joseph though the pads. Detroit capped the second period scoring when Mathieu Schneider ripped a shot past Joseph with 1:03 left in the period and just as the 5-on-3 power play expired.
The Coyotes' lineup features a couple of players and one coach who were members of the Red Wings during the 2003-04 season. Curtis Joseph compiled a record of 50-29-9 over two campaigns in Detroit. Boyd Devereaux played over four seasons in Detroit while Coyotes Associate Coach Barry Smith was also part of the Stanley Cup winning teams with the Red Wings.
In eight games with the Stockton Thunder, Monych scored eight points (5 goals, 3 assists). In 36 games with San Antonio this season, Monych registered 16 penalty minutes.
The Coyotes will conclude the home-and-home series with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night (5:30 p.m.), face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night (5:00 p.m.) before returning to Glendale Arena on Saturday night to host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at 7:00 p.m.