NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Detroit|
(Tuesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Phoenix 2 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen scored 3:35 into overtime and the
Detroit Red Wings topped the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Franzen also set up Valtteri Filppula for the game's first goal while Filppula
won a crucial faceoff to help produce the game-winner. Brian Rafalski also lit
the lamp for Detroit, which was coming off a humbling 8-2 rout at the hands of
Columbus on Saturday at home.
"We hopefully want to try and win the Western Conference and get a home ice
advantage if we need that," said Franzen as the Red Wings kept pace with San
Jose at 96 points apiece in the conference standings.
Ty Conklin stopped 23-of-25 shots to get the win.
Ed Jovanovski sent the game to overtime with a power-play tally while Martin
Hanzal also scored for Phoenix, which has dropped six of its last seven games.
Ilya Bryzgalov was peppered with 43 shots, stopping 40 in suffering the hard-
luck loss. The Coyotes have also lost six in a row in Detroit since a 5-2
decision over the Wings at Joe Louis Arena on March 7, 2006.
Filppula won an offensive zone faceoff back to Brad Stuart, who dished to
Franzen in the right circle. Franzen motored through traffic and cut across
the slot, firing a wrist shot through traffic and over the glove of Bryzgalov
for the winning score.
Detroit took the early lead just 1:18 in as Franzen streaked down the left
wing and sent a cross-ice pass to Filppula for a one-timer.
Hanzal tied things up at 16:13 of the first after following his own rebound
and chipping it past Conklin.
The goaltenders allowed the score to remain that way until the Red Wings
forged ahead with a power-play marker just past the 10-minute mark in the
Todd Fedoruk took a hooking minor, giving Detroit its first man advantage of
the game and Rafalski snuck one past Bryzgalov on the short side as Tomas
Holmstrom created havoc in front jostling with a defender.
"I like the way we stayed resilient. We got a big goal and it was a nice way
to tie a hockey game," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said of his team
salvaging a point.
Exactly 30 seconds after the go-ahead score, Detroit's Dan Cleary was called
for boarding and Jovanovski's wrist shot from the high slot deflected off a
body and past Conklin on the power play, tying the game with 8:09 remaining.
The Coyotes, who fell to 1-2-1 on a five-game road trip ending Thursday
in New Jersey, have been one of the NHL's worst road teams this season, having
compiled an unwanted 11-20-4 mark as the visitor...Detroit is an excellent
25-5-3 at home for the year...The Red Wings got Holmstrom back in the lineup
on Tuesday. He had been recovering from hernia surgery and last suited up
03/11 01:27:50 ET