Wednesday night April 14th was the start of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was an odd night with upsets, tribulation, heart ache and confusion, just to sum it up in a few words. 17, 125 fans packed the Jobbing.com arena in Glendale, AZ to watch the first playoff game in that arena and the first in Phoenix in 8 years.
Lets get right to the action. Thomas Holmstrom netted the first goal at the top of the circle in the Phoenix zone at 12:17 of the first. Phoenix would come back less then 2 minutes later from Keith Yandle. Then at 16:27 still in the first Niklas Lidstrom ripped one from the blue line and scored giving the Wings the late 1st lead, they would carry this into the second. 6 penalties were given out in the first period giving 2 of those goals power play status.
Phoenix started to act out later in the game netting 2 more power play goals 1 in the 2nd at 6:15 by Wolski and one in the 3rd at 2:19 by Derek Morris Detroit would not score another goal.
to sum it all up Detroit only took 5 penalties but 3 of them came up with goals(all 3 of Phoenix’s)and ultimately a win and a series lead. Detroit has to try not to take bad penalties, Detroit held ground for much of the game otherwise it could of been a lot worse for the Wings. Jimmy Howard stopped 40 shots so a good showing but needs to still be better to win, but it’s only game 1 Wings fans no need to panic yet!
1 more game will be held in Phoenix then the series will switch to Detroit, and the “bouncy boards” in the Joe Louis Arena can show the playoff magic they have made over the last couple of years in Detroit.
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Written by Mark Bates