By Anthony Perez | Dave Vest GLENDALE – 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.
Tied 1-1 and with a shootout looming 16 seconds away, Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall beat Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a slap shot from the high slot to secure the 2-1 overtime victory during a 4-on-3 power-play segment.
• 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).
"They’re such a great team and we have to bring our 'A' game every time we play them. We know that if we take our foot off the pedal even a little bit they are going to give it to us pretty good."
"I didn’t mind the way we played shorthanded, so much as I minded how much we played shorthanded... When you give eight power plays, and two in overtime, you’re attacking fate too hard."
"We had some chances but Bryzgalov played a really good game in the net. We just weren’t able to find the back of the net. Finally, we stuck with it, we kept shooting the puck and it went in."
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• Oct. 16, 2010: DET 2, PHX 1 (OT) • March 5, 2011:
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