By Anthony Perez | Dave Vest
The Coyotes had their 2010-11 home opener spoiled in overtime when Detroit's Niklas Kronwall scored a power-play goal with just 16 seconds left to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over Phoenix in front of a sellout crowd at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.
The Coyotes dominated Detroit in the first 20 minutes, controlling the puck for most of the period and outshooting the opposition 12-5.
Moments after Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard thwarted Coyotes forward Petr Prucha
on a breakaway, the hard work paid off for Phoenix when Wojtek Wolski
fed a nifty backhanded pass to Martin Hanzal
, who launched a hard wrist shot past Howard with just 10 seconds left in the first period to give the Coyotes a 1-0 advantage. Defenseman Keith Yandle
also picked up an assist on the play.
The Red Wings (3-1-1) answered at the 7:03 mark of the second period when Pavel Datsyuk’s wrist shot beat Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
to tie the score 1-1. Replays showed the puck hit Coyotes forward Lee Stempniak
en route to the net.
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The stalemate continued through the third period, but penalties were the story of the game for the Coyotes, who committed eight in 64-plus minutes, including three in overtime.
The Coyotes (1-1-1) killed off a four-minute double minor after Taylor Pyatt
was called for high sticking early in third period, and they also killed an Ed Jovanovski
tripping penalty that was called in the opening minute of overtime.
Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin
was then called for interference with 2:09 left in the extra period, while Yandle and Tomas Holmstrom each received incidental roughing minors resulting from some pushing and shoving that took place after the play.
"Very average penalty," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said of the call against Aucoin. "That was a battle in front of the net. For such a big guy, I'm amazed sometimes how easy (Holmstrom) goes down."
Howard stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn the No. 1 Star of the Game honor. Bryzgalov stopped 31 of 33 and was voted the No. 2 star.
• Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, who has an agreement in principle for a new Jobing.com Arena lease and is closing in on a deal to purchase the team, attended the game.
• Center Martin Hanzal
's goal late in the first period was the 100th point of his NHL career.
• Center Kyle Turris
made his season debut on a line with wingers Shane Doan
and Scottie Upshall
. Click here
to listen to a post-game interview with Turris.
• Forward Paul Bissonnette
and defenseman Sami Lepisto
were healthy scratches. Forward Ray Whitney
was kept out of the lineup because of an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
• The Coyotes left for Anaheim immediately after Saturday's game for a game vs. the Ducks on Sunday at the Honda Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time) on Sunday. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and/or heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).