So, game 2 on Friday night might be forever known in this series, not to mention the entire playoffs as the “Shoot Out In The Desert”. This game was filled with great goals, saves, hits, and of course great NHL action so let’s get to it.
Jobbing.com arena was once again packed with a 17, 386 “White Out” in Phoenix. The first period was fairly quiet; 1 even strength goal by Keith Yandle and 3 minor penalties while both goalies made 13 saves each in the first, this would, however, set the stage later on in the night as shortly after the start of the second period a flurry of offence by both teams would set this game up to be a memorable one.
The period started like any other with some back and forth plays, and it would not be until 6:27 of the first when Henrik Zetterberg would score a power play goal off Filpulla and Kronwall that would start a 3 minute and 58 second wave of pure offence totalling 5 goals, a feat that has not been seen since the 1980s in playoff hockey. So it would start with Zetterberg, followed by Phoenix’s Wojtek Wolski at 7:05, Pavel Datsyuk would net his first of these playoffs at 8:20, then Matthew Lombardi backhanded his in from Doan and Wolski at 9:09 and finally Filpulla would finish it up at 10:25. At this point in the game it was 3-3 and the crowd was going nuts with all the chances and fast pace action.
The 3rd and final period would see 5 more goals, but over a much longer span. Justin Abdelkader would score at 3:32, finally putting the Wings in front for the first time. Shane Doan off Fiddler and Aucoin would once again tie the game at 9:24. At 13:54 Zetterberg would get another goal which would spell the end for the Coyotes. Both Filpulla and Zetterberg would net one more each giving Zetterberg a hat trick and a 7-4 Detroit win. 39-31 were the shots on goal with Howard making 27 saves on the night.
Detroit is in a good position now with the series switching back to Detroit The Coyotes will now have to part the Red Sea with the Great Octopus in the middle so don’t be suprised now if Detroit takes a hold on the series on Sunday.
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Written by Mark Bates