Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2, SO
Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 8:42 PM
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout for Detroit, which twice rallied from one-goal deficits and beat the Coyote, 3-2, on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen added equalizing goals during regulation for the Red Wings (27-15-1), who won their 13th home game in a row.
scored his team-high 21st goal in regulation and beat Jimmy Howard in the shootout, and Taylor Pyatt
added a regulation goal for Phoenix (20-17-7).
The loss was the Coyotes' sixth straight to Detroit, and despite goalie Mike Smith
's 40 saves, Phoenix suffered its second straight shootout loss -- the Coyotes were beaten 2-1 in New York on Tuesday.
"Smith was great, he gave us a chance to win," said Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett, who became just the 39th person to be head coach for 700 NHL games. "We gave ourselves a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, the shootout got us again."
Datsyuk converted the first try in the shootout, but Vrbata scored in the second round to force a fourth shooter. Using a sweet one-handed move made famous by fellow Swede Peter Forsberg, Zetterberg slid the puck past Smith and Howard stopped Lauri Korpikoski
to seal the win.
After a scoreless second period, Pyatt gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead 3:02 into the third with his sixthgoal of the season. Pyatt and Kyle Chipchura
mounted a two-man rush, with Chipchura tearing down the right side and Pyatt trailing in the center. At the final second, Chipchura swung inside and pushed the puck to the top of the crease, where Pyatt prevailed in the scrum to push it past Howard.
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Vrbata gave Phoenix an early edge at 9:41 of the first with a sensational individual move. He collected the puck at his own blue line, skated up ice, paused on the edge of the left circle and ripped a shot high past Howard. The goal was Vrbata's 21st of the season.
With 51 seconds to play until intermission, Filppula tied the score when he stripped the puck in the right circle off a faceoff, wound up and fired a slap shot past Smith for his 15th.
Franzen tied the score 2-2 just past the midway point of the third period (see KEY MOMENT
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
Detroit forced overtime with 9:57 to play in regulation when Pavel Datsyuk's cross-ice pass snaked through to the back post, where Johan Franzen was waiting for the easy tip-in. The goal was Franzen's 17th of the season.
"Not many (could make that pass), especially against a team like this that really clogs in front of the goalie," Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg said. "He probably had to go through three or four guys to make that pass. I don't think Mule even knew the pass was coming. He just had his stick there and it went in."
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• Before the game, General Manager Don Maloney told Fox Sports Arizona that defenseman David Schlemko
had foot surgery on Thursday and that he would be out for six to eight weeks.
• Center Gilbert Brule
made his debut with the Coyotes and logged 14:07 of ice time. He took two shots on goal and blocked two shots.
• Center Boyd Gordon
marked his 400th NHL game by winning 18 of 20 faceoffs.
• Defenseman David Rundblad
played his second game for the Coyotes since being acquired in a trade with Ottawa on Dec. 17. Rundblad assisted on Radim Vrbata
's goal and has two assists in two games with Phoenix.
• The Coyotes played minus centers Martin Hanzal
(upper-body injury) and defenseman David Schlemko
(lower-body injury). Both players are on the injured reserve list.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
, Cal O'Reilly
, and Michal Rozsival
• The Coyotes' next game is Friday vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
||"I think I was all right. It was my first game in the NHL in a while and it was a very fast-paced game with the Red Wings so it took a little getting used to for the first period and a half. I think I held my own fairly well."
||"I think everyone feels a little disappointed that we weren't able to squeak out that second point in the shootout. But we've got to try and take some positives from our games at this point."
||"I don't get a chance (on shootouts) that often anymore. When I get it, I might as well try something fun. It's for the fans. If I missed that, I look kind of stupid. It was a gamble, but it worked."