Well you couldn’t have asked for a better start in game 1 for the Phoenix Coyotes when Kyle Turris went roof on Jimmy Howard a couple minutes into the game for a quick 1-0 lead. It quickly went downhill from there. The Yotes had numerous opportunities to put the game to bed after that goal getting five power plays in the first period including a 5 on 3 for a minute and a half and couldn’t get another goal or two. The Red Wings survived the first period only down 1-0 and it should have been much more.
Detroit woke up in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov looked human. Datsyuk, Franzen, and Rafalski powered the Wings to three second period goals and a 3-1 after two periods. Ilya Bryzgalov got beat a couple times on the blocker side on shots he has to have.
It was curious to see how the Coyotes would respond coming out for the third period and their response was not what coach Tippett had in mind. three minutes in and Jiri Hudler potted another one for Detroit and the Wings had a 4-1 lead. The Coyotes never had a great push to get back in it though Radim Vrbata tucked one home to cut the lead down to 4-2 but that would be as close as the desert dogs would get.
Two things were absolute disasters for the Coyotes is game 1. First the special teams were atrocious! 0/6 on the PP killed them, and the Wings went 1/3 on their chances. Secondly Jimmy Howard was Ilya Bryzgalov’s equal if not the better goaltender in game 1. If Bryz can’t pick up his game this will be a short series.
The good news for Phoenix is the old saying that a team isn’t really in trouble until it loses a game at home. I agree with that assessment so no need to panic yet for the Coyotes but the special teams have to be better.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!