Road Trip Salvaged?

The Red Wings' convincing 5-1 win over a hot Phoenix Coyotes team Thursday night seems to be a sign that the Wings salvaged the road trip that they started 0-3 on.

The Coyotes came into the game on a seven-game winning streak, the last five on the road, but were never really in this one no matter the score.

Detroit outshot Phoenix 20-1 over one stretch of the game, a stat that shows just how much the game was controlled by the Red Wings.

And Detroit played a complete game. Unlike previous games on this now-completed trip, the Red Wings didn't give their opponent a chance to get back in the game. Even when the Coyotes tied things up early in the third, the Red Wings remained in control, as shown by the four goals they would score later in the period.

Tomas Holmstrom picking up his second career hat trick and Dominik Hasek yet again lowering his goals-against average are two flashy things to be taken away from the game but two more important things could be overlooked: That Nicklas Lidstrom is okay and that the Detroit power play scored three times.

Yeah, Detroit had ten chances with the extra attacker, but earlier in the season it wouldn't have mattered, they still wouldn't have scored. If the Red Wings can keep the power play running smoothly, they'll have a much easier second half of the schedule.

That part of the season seemed to be more in doubt early in the second, with Lidstrom lying on the ice after taking a shot to the side of his knee. Lidstrom returned for a shift several minutes later, no worse for the wear.

Two roster notes: Josh Langfeld was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins and was joined by goalie Joey MacDonald, sent down for a conditioning stint.

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Damn, glad to see they made the right call on the Draper goal, 'cause you know I'd bitch about it if it went the other way, still would like to see one up on the board for Detroit, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2007 at 9:37 PM


Murphy's calling Holmstrom's goal the right call but I don't really agree. Technically, the whistle is supposed to go when the goalie's mask comes off. It didn't but, technically, the whistle is counted as blowing as soon as the official intended to blow play dead. So you're telling me that none of the officials intended to blow that play dead when the goalie's mask came off?

I'm not complaining 'cause it's a Detroit goal but I don't think it's the right call. The opposite of the first.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2007 at 9:52 PM


And the Wings dodge a bullet, Lidstrom goes down but comes back a few minutes later. With how he was grabbing his knee, that did not look good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2007 at 10:22 PM


And Holmstrom completes the hat trick! Four more minutes and we can call this a good night.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2007 at 11:31 PM


Glad to see that we finally spanked somebody, too bad I had to miss another game because of this crap up here in Rhode Island! What is the status of Nick? How did he hurt his knee? Glad to see he returned later in the game

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/12/2007 at 8:24 AM


Lidstrom took a shot off his knee to start the second. Went down clutching at it, was helped off the ice but stayed on the bench and came back out a few minutes later.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/12/2007 at 9:48 AM


That is what I am talking about, you get hurt, you go sit down for a little while and come back out for the next shift!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/12/2007 at 1:51 PM


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