NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Phoenix
(Saturday, March 4th)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Phoenix 3
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom scored a goal and added three assists as the Detroit Red Wings routed the Phoenix Coyotes, 7-3, in the front end of a home-and-home series at Glendale Arena.
Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist and Brendan Shanahan added two goals for the Red Wings, who have won two straight and eight of their last nine game. Steve Yzerman and Mark Mowers also tallied goals.
Manny Legace stopped 32 shots in the win for Detroit, which will meet Phoenix in the Motor City on Tuesday.
Mike Ricci, Steven Reinprecht and Shane Doan tallied goals for the Coyotes, who have dropped five of their last six games. Curtis Joseph allowed seven goals on 27 shots before being pulled after the second period. Philippe Sauve came in to replace Joseph and stopped all seven shots he faced.
The Red Wings drew first blood in the game and they did it quickly when Mowers netted his third goal of the season just 59 seconds in.
Less than three minutes later Detroit made it a 2-0 game. Lidstrom threw a shot on net from low in the left circle that Joseph made a save on. But, the rebound went right out front and Shanahan snapped it into the upper right corner of the net.
The Red Wings made it a 3-0 game when Zetterberg got the puck into the net with 7:24 left in the first.
However, the Coyotes scored two power-play goals separated by just 32 seconds to make it a 3-2 game after the first 20 minutes.
During a 5-on-3, Geoff Sanderson had the puck at the top of the right circle and sent it to Doan in the slot. Doan snapped a one-timer that went through a screen for his 20th goal of the campaign. On the ensuing 5-on-4, Reinprecht deflected a Zbynek Michalek shot with 50 seconds left in the stanza.
"The first ten minutes of the game we were down 3-0," said Doan. "That makes it hard for us and we got it back and we didn't get a win again."
Detroit took back a two-goal lead when Yzerman smacked in a behind-the-net centering pass to make it a 4-2 game 11:29 into the second period.
"We were really coming at the start and then they got all of the power plays and they ended up getting a couple," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "Then I thought we got real big goals from Lang and Yzerman."
Phoenix, though, got back to within one after Ricci tapped in a Jamie Lundmark pass 1:20 after the Yzerman goal.
However, the Red Wings took control of the game with three goals in the second period separated by 3:47.
Zetterberg notched his 29th goal of the season on the power play with a one- timer into the left corner of the net with 4:50 left in the stanza. Just 15 seconds later a Lidstrom point shot trickled between Joseph's pads. Shanahan completed the burst with a slap shot from the high slot that went through a screen with 1:03 left in the second period.
Sauve came in net to start the third period.
Phoenix outshot Detroit 14-7 in the third period and had four power plays, including 1:26 of 5-on-3 play, but were unable to tally any goals in the stanza.
Lidstrom had a penalty shot, the first of his career, with 7:04 left in the game, but Sauve stopped the wrist shot with a right pad save. He is one assist short of 600 for his career...The Coyotes' Mike Comrie played in his 300th game. He had an assist in the loss...Phoenix finished 2-of-9 on the power play...The Red Wings went 1-of-5 with the man advantage...Detroit's Mathieu Schneider had three assists in the game.
03/05 00:39:26 ET