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Red Wings Game recap...1/26

By Channing Cummins

The Detroit Red Wings took on the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night, in a game that won't easily be forgotten. It proved to be a game that not only was entertaining but gave fans a reason to be on the edge of their seats.

Both teams entered the matchup mixed up the mess of the Western Conference. Detroit began the game occupying the ninth spot in the conference with 58 points. The Coyotes, who are defining comeback team, started the game in the fifth spot with 63 points. With the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the West tied with only 66 points, the window of opportunity has to be now.

The game began rather slowly and the pace gradually increased as the period continued. Our first goal came at the 12 minute mark when Pavel Datsyuk put home his first goal in eight games. The goal came on a bang-bang pass from Henrik Zetterberg, which beat Bryzgalov easily. The Coyotes would get a little life of their own, after the goal, with two power play opportunities. Unfortunately they failed to score and the Wings ended the first period with a 1-0 lead.

Scottie Upshall got the power play going midway through the second with the Coyotes' first goal of the game. Nearly a minute and a half later Keith Yandle netted a goal of his own after getting himself wide open and completing a one-timer. This 2-1 lead for Phoenix would only last 11 seconds, however, as Patrick Eaves proved why his third line was put on the ice in a crucial situation. The Red Wings would receive two power plays of their own to complete the period, but failed to take advantage.

The third period provided even more excitement. Nicklas Lidstrom showed some of his offensive skills as he stick handled through the middle of the ice and put home a backhander. This goal gave the Wings the lead with 9:48 remaining and provided much needed momentum for the home team. Shane Doan took a crucial roughing penalty with less than six minutes left and lead to Lidstrom's second goal of the game. This time Mr. Norris was able to tip in a rebound into a wide open net. With 4:38 left the Red Wings now had 4-2 lead and what seemed like the ticket for a win.

Redemption is defined as an act of redeeming or deliverance from sin and it was Shane Doan that put this to act.

Darren Helm's penalty with less than two minutes left gave the Coyotes an opportunity to take advantage of a perfect situation. Now six on four, Keith Yandle was able to give the Coyotes some life with his second goal of the game. Assist, Shane Doan. It was a failed clear attempt that lead to the game tying goal coming from Ed Jovanovski with 23 seconds left in the game. Assist, Shane Doan.

Now the Red Wings find themselves in the fourth overtime game in the last six games. This one would prove to be different as this one didn't go to a shootout like the other three. It was the Coyotes that came out on top scoring their game winner with 1:10 remaining. The hero, Shane Doan. The goal, bitter sweet as he gave Jimmy Howard no chance.

With the overtime loss the Wings still moved into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, staying one point ahead of the Flames. The Coyotes find themselves one point behind the fourth place Canucks and also find themselves in an unchartered territory.

The Red Wings will look for a little redemption of their own tonight as they take on the Minnesota Wild. The Wings were able to defeat the Wild last Thursday as they were the victors of a shootout.

1 comment:

  1. Peter D. McAlisterJanuary 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Good job Channing. I write for bluejacketsmix.com and appreciate a level headed and realistic take on things - even though I am a Jackets fan.