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COYOTES DROP 5-1 CONTEST TO DETROIT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
By: Chad Lynch

Photo Credit: Norm Hall

COYOTES STARTING LINE-UP
(LW) Oleg Saprykin - (C) Yanic Perreault - (RW) Owen Nolan
(D) Keith Ballard - (D) Derek Morris

RED WINGS STARTING LINE-UP
(LW) Kirk Maltby - (C) Kris Draper - (RW) Johan Frazen
(D) Nicklas Lidsrtom - (D) Danny Markov

STARTING GOALTENDERS
Phoenix - Mikael Tellqvist
San Jose - Dominik Hasek

 

On Thursday evening, the Phoenix Coyotes seven-game winning streak came to an end as they dropped a 5-1 contest to the Detroit Red Wings.

The first minute of the contest saw the Coyotes and goaltender Mikael Tellqvist hold of a pair of shots from the Red Wings before Phoenix was able to gain control of the puck and move out of their own zone.

At 1:43 of the first period, a scuffle broke out in front of the Coyotes net following a save by Tellqvist, the end result of which would be Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris receiving the first penalty of the game as he was sent to the box for roughing. The Coyotes power play went to work against a dangerous Detroit power play, but easily took care of business as they limited the action in front of Tellqvist and returned to full strength unscathed.

With a little over four minute gone in the first, Phoenix blueliner Keith Ballard snapped a shot from the point that appeared destined for the back of the net as it made its way through traffic in front of the net, before finally being smothered by Detroit netminder Domink Hasek.

At the six-minute mark of the first, Coyotes forward Mike Zigomanis made a great play when he fired a wrist shot at the top corner from the slot, but once again, Hasek was able to get a piece of the puck and keep the Red Wings net clear.

Detroit would make their way to the penalty box at 7:50 of the period when Tomas Holmstrom was called for tripping. During the Coyotes power play, the Red Wings took another delayed penalty which was eventually assessed to Andreas Lija at 9:34 of the first, giving Phoenix a brief five-on-three advantage.

With the two-man advantage, the Coyotes tried to set-up a play near the Detroit net when Yanic Perreault attempted to send a pass through the crease, but the puck would instead, roll up the shaft of Red Wings' defenseman Chris Chelios' stick and struck him in the right eye. Chelios escaped serious injury and just headed to the bench.

At 11:31 of the period, the Coyotes made a second trip to the penalty box when center Jeremy Roenick was tossed from the face-off circle, causing the Roenick to voice his displeasure with the call, which would result in an unsportsmanlike minor penalty.

Then at 11:59 of the first, Zigomanis received a hooking penalty, giving the Red Wings a five-on-three power play for 1:33. Mikael Tellqvist rose to the occasion as he stood on his head, kicking aside shots and keeping the Wings off the scoreboard.

Detroit appeared to take the first lead of the game at 14:29 when a puck went off the foot of Kris Draper and into the net, but the officials in the video replay booth quickly saw that there was an obvious kicking motion in Draper's foot, thereby disallowing the goal and keeping the game scoreless.

Coyotes defenseman Travis Roche took a late penalty for tripping when he was penalized at 18:49 of the first. The Wings power play went back on the attack and with just 48-seconds remaining in the first 20-minutes of play, Tomas Holmstrom was able to grab a rebound off the mask of Tellqvist and stuff it into the Coyotes net for a 1-0 lead. The goal was briefly reviewed, but eventually allowed.

The final seconds of the first would quickly slip off the clock as the first period came to a close with the Red Wings holding a one-goal lead.

In the opening seconds of the second period, Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom appeared to get his skate caught, sending him to the ice. Upon returning to his feet, Lidstrom was helped to the bench where he then made his way to the Detroit locker room. After a few minutes, Lidstrom returned to the Red Wings bench.

With just over seven minutes gone in the second period, Tellqvist made another great stop, this time on Detroit forward Jason Williams as he tried to curl around the front of the net and jam the puck in, only to find the leg pad of Tellqvist.

Coyotes forward Jeremy Roenick would make an encore trip to the box at 8:26 of the second, this time serving a tripping call. The Red Wings used the penalty to Roenick as an opportunity to bring their offensive attack back into the Coyotes end, but were unable to a extend their lead; due in large part to the stellar defensive play of the Coyotes blueliner and the goaltending of Tellqvist.

With 10:56 remaining in the period, a minor scrum broke out in front of the Phoenix net, the highlight of which was Ballard taking exception to the presence of Pavel Datsyuk and tossing him to the ice without receiving a penalty for his actions.

At 16:22 of the second, Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda hooked Ladislav Nagy to the ice in the Red Wings zone, putting Phoenix back on the power play. Unfortunately, the Red Wings stringent defense kept the Coyotes from finding the offensive rhythm they were looking for, resulting in just one shot on goal before the penalty to Datsyuk expired.

Detroit's Robert Lang made his way to the box with 23-seconds left in the period when he failed to control his stick in the offensive zone and struck Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris in the face. Lang's actions would draw a double-minor and give the Coyotes over three minutes of power play time to start the third period.

The Coyotes wouldn't let the opportunity facing them slip away as they went on the attack to start the third period. Phoenix's pressure would pay off just 28-seconds into the frame when Zbynek Michalek's shot from the right side, missed the net and deflected off the back boards and over to Yanic Perreault at the left side of the Detroit goal. Perreault then grabbed the puck and slid it past the leg of Hasek to tie the game at 1-1.

With just over five minutes gone in the third, Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby raced into the Phoenix zone and unleashed a blistering slap shot on goal that Tellqvist was able to kick aside with his right leg pad to keep the game tied.

At 6:57 of the period, Detroit would re-take the lead when Datsyuk's shot from the right was stopped by Tellqvist, but the rebound found the stick of Tomas Holmstrom at the top of the crease; who was able to slide the puck past Tellqvist before he could get back into position.

The Coyotes penalty kill would be called upon again at 8:27 of the third when Ed Jovanovski was handed a tripping minor. The Red Wings offense began to dominate the tempo of play and they hammered Tellqvist with shots. Then at 10:11 of the period, Holmstrom's pass from the corner connected with Datsyuk, who made a quick move to get around Tellqvist and put the puck into the net for his 12th goal of season and a 3-1 Red Wings lead.

At 14:52 of the third, Lidstrom blasted a shot at the net, which Holmstrom was able to deflect and send past Tellqvist for his third goal of the night, giving Detroit a four-goal lead.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Datsyuk would add his fifth point of the night when he slid a shot from the left side of the net into the Phoenix goal, increasing the Wings lead to 5-1.

The final minutes of the game would tick off the clock without incident as the Phoenix Coyotes seven-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.

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