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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 2

By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
The Detroit Red Wings entered Monday's Game 3 feeling if they could survive the first 10 minutes against the Coyotes and their hyped-up, white-clad crowd, they would be in great shape to take command of this Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

As it turned out, Detroit needed less than three minutes to put both Phoenix and the series in a choke-hold.

Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller shocked the Coyotes with two goals in the first 2:41 of play and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made it stand up with 28 saves as the Red Wings took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series with a 4-2 win at Arena.

The Coyotes figured to have an edge in goaltending when the series began, but it has been anything but that. While Phoenix star Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed 12 goals in four games and struggled, Howard has been strong on his end. He was at his best in Game 3, frustrating the hard-charging Coyotes at every turn with big saves to keep Detroit in front all night.

"He made two exceptional saves in the first period and came up big for us," Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock said. "Tonight he had way more work and it was a tougher game for him. They had better traffic at the net and they played in our zone for longer periods of time."

The Red Wings, who ousted Phoenix in seven games in last year's first-round series, have now won four of five playoff games against the Coyotes in Phoenix over the last two years. They can close out the series and sweep the Coyotes with one more – Game 4 is here on Wednesday night.

"You pretty much have to do something in the next game or you don't have a game after that," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "That's plenty of motivation right there...We were excited to play tonight and you get kicked right in the teeth like that early. We’ve got lots of try, lots of will in that room; we’ve just got to turn that will into having some success on the scoreboard."

Detroit scored all four of its goals in the first three minutes of each period – and on their first shot of each period. Valtteri Filppula made it 3-0 just 2:50 into the second to put the Red Wings in complete control and Johan Franzen added a breakaway goal in the opening minute of the third to seal it.

David Schlemko and Ray Whitney scored on the power play for Phoenix midway through the second period and third period respectively, but the Coyotes never got closer than two goals after Detroit's initial burst.

Whitney said Filppula's goal – just moments after Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin hit the post – was especially deflating.

"You put the work in, you put the effort in and get a post from making it a close game and a shift later the puck is in your net and you're down three goals," Whitney said. "It's frustrating when you have the fight in you and it's not amounting to a whole lot."

Looking to feed off the momentum of a rocking "WhiteOut" crowd, the Coyotes instead watched the Red Wings turn all the momentum their way.

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Just 44 seconds after Salei's goal (see KEY MOMENT below), Niklas Kronwall's shot from the right point deflected off Miller's right shin pad in the slot. Suddenly the Red Wings, who had a 4-0 lead 21 minutes into Game 2, had a 2-0 lead before the Coyotes had sent a single shot toward Howard.

The Coyotes stabilized and put pressure on Detroit's net for the rest of the period, but Howard – who had outplayed Bryzgalov in all three games – made big stops on Schlemko, Andrew Ebbett and Taylor Pyatt to keep the lead intact.

Filppula made it 3-1 when he won a faceoff, took a return pass from Jiri Hudler, pulled Bryzgalov across the crease and beat him over the pad at to put the Red Wings in complete command.

Phoenix finally found some life when young fourth-liners Mikkel Boedker and Turris, were given a power-play shift and set up Schlemko, who put a wrist shot over Howard from the base of the left circle at 11:43 to make it 3-1.

But Franzen finished off a poor Michal Rozsival turnover with a breakaway to being the third period, beating Bryzgalov over the glove to snuff out any hopes.

Whitney's power-play goal made it 4-2 with seven minutes left I to go, but the Coyotes never got any closer.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of compiled this recap.

At 1:57 of the first period, Red Wings forward Darren Helm forechecked hard and separated Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski from the puck behind the Phoenix net. Helm then fed it to Ruslan Salei at the top of the right circle for a one-timer that hit a Phoenix player and skidded by Ilya Bryzgalov on Detroit's first shot of the game.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.


• Defenseman David Schlemko had three shots on goal and scored his first NHL playoffs goal. It was a busy night for Schlemko, who suffered a lower-body injury in the second period but returned in the third period. Meanwhile, forward Mikkel Boedker assisted on Schlemko's goal for his first NHL playoffs point.

• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov host lost four straight decisions dating to the final game of the regular season vs. San Jose. He allowed 15 goals in those four games.

• The Coyotes have scored five power-play goals in the past two games but zero five-on-five goals in those games.

• The Coyotes outhit the Red Wings 36-27. Forward Lauri Korpikoski led the way with six hits.

• Defenseman Derek Morris missed the game because of an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day. Morris also missed Games 1 and 2.

• The Coyotes' next game is Game 4 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Arizona time) at Arena. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and Versus, and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"We had lots of momentum at times and we were buzzing in their end and had lots of chances but just couldn’t put it in. They found a way to do it early in every period." "Our 5-on-5 play was concerning. We're not generating as much as we should. There was a lot of talk about how Detroit wasn't playing well defensively this season, but I beg to differ in this series. They are a good defensive team, especially with a lead." "We had a third man high all night long. We made them come the full 200 feet. We're doing a tremendous job keeping it simple, tying up sticks, allowing me to see the puck. When I can see it, I'm going to stop it.'"
Turris Whitney Howard
  • Game 1: DET 4, PHX 2
  • Game 2: DET 4, PHX 3
  • Game 5: Friday*
• Game 7: April 27*
  • Game 3: DET 4, PHX 2
  • Game 4: Wednesday
• Game 6: April 24*
  * if necessary
scoring summary
1st Period
Ruslan Salei (1) ASST: Darren Helm (1), Niklas Kronwall (1)
1 - 0 DET
Drew Miller (1) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (2)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
Valtteri Filppula (1) ASST: Jiri Hudler (1)
3 - 0 DET
PPG - David Schlemko (1) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (1), Kyle Turris (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
Johan Franzen (2) ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (1)
4 - 1 DET
PPG - Ray Whitney (1) ASST: Radim Vrbata (2), Keith Yandle (4)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Patrick Eaves  Roughing against  Adrian Aucoin
Adrian Aucoin  Interference against  Patrick Eaves
Shane Doan  Cross checking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
2nd Period
Martin Hanzal  Roughing against  Brian Rafalski
Justin Abdelkader  Hooking against  Shane Doan
3rd Period
Eric Belanger  Cross checking against  Brad Stuart
Drew Miller  Slashing against  Keith Yandle
Shane Doan  Holding against  Nicklas Lidstrom
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Ed Jovanovski
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 34TOI: 57:53
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
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