Who’s your daddy? That is what Detroit is asking Phoenix after a walk over of a game 7 in Phoenix.
Detroit went into Phoenix needing to win the final game 7 in order to advance, the crowd was rocking in Phoenix and Detroit was against the wall. The first period saw no scoring, however each team would have 1 penalty but neither would convert but Detroit out played Phoenix with 17-6 shots as the puck spent most of the time in the Phoenix defensive zone.
Period 2 was a much more different story. 9 penalties were called combined for both teams. The scoring would start on a power play at 2:01 by of course Pavel Datsyuk from Lidstrom and Rafalski, just over a minute and a half later he would net another, his fifth in these playoffs with another making the game 2-0. PHoenix’s Vernon Fiddler would get his own putting the Yotes within 1. Niklas Lidstrom would then net a power play goal and that would be the beginning of the end for Phoenix at 13:52. Later in the period several penalties were called which would put the Coyotes on a 4 on 3, Phoenix could not convert on this chance and when the last player, Brad Stuart came out of the box he would race away on a break away making the score 4-1 at the end of the second.
The 3rd and final period of this series saw Detroit truly dominate, Fiddler of Phoenix took 2 minor penalties. Todd Bertuzzi would score making it 5-1 followed by Lidstrom on the second Fiddler penalty would seal it 6-1 was the final goal.
I would have to agree with the Toronto Sun today as the front of the sports section said “Say Uncle” about that game as Phoenix was schooled.
I will admit Phoenix put up a hell of a fight and up till the final game had the Wings on the ropes, but now we look ahead Detroit must take on the San Jose Sharks number one seeded and after game 6 against Colorado, San Jose looks ready to dance. This year Detroit was 3-0-1 against the Sharks in the regular season, outscoring them 12-7. All of these games were within 3 or less which will prove this will be a close and possibly long series, but no one expected Phoenix to go all 7 so don’t be surprised if we see a sweep either. Zetterberg, Eaves, and Cleary are the top scorers against San Jose with 2 goals for all 3 while Joe Thorton is 3 goals and 4 points against Detroit he may come out of his shell in this series. Joe Pavelski saw the most points with 8 in the San Jose/Colorado Series while Henrik Zetterberg saw 11 points against Phoenix so this series will be close but also high scoring. As far as Goaltending Nabakov has 1.76 GAA and Howard has a 2.59 so again look for a close series scoring wise as was Anaheim in last years playoffs.
Overall i expect a good showing, this is when San Jose is known to choke, I will give the Sharks a chance but i see the Wings taking it so ill say Wings in 6.
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Written by Mark Bates