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Postgame Thoughts: Coyotes @ Red Wings - Game Two

Trying to pull my post-game thoughts together after the relative panic of the end of today's Red Wings - Coyotes game is proving harder than I expected.

Lots of complaining about the officiating going on from both sides, it looks like. Not surprising, from such an inconsistently-officiated game. I acknowledge complaints from the Phoenix side - they went to the box a lot early on - but I'm going to risk being quoted out of context by only focusing on Detroit complaints.

Two calls / non-calls really bothered me. Darren Helm went off for boarding in the second period on what, to me (not to Dave Tippett), was clearly a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Then Ed Jovanovski gets all p*ssed off about it and grabs Helm by the jaw, no roughing call because no penalties ever happen after the whistle. Helm's hit was legal. Never should have been a call. And Jovanovski shouldn't have gotten away with that, either.

Second call was a non call. Johan Franzen goes to the box for a cross-check in the third period, partially a weak call but mostly a stupid play by Franzen, I can't really disagree with it. Head to the ensuing power play, just before the Coyotes score you have Martin Hanzel cross-checking Brad Stuart to the ice without a call. In the span of two minutes we go from it being illegal to it being legal.

Ignoring penalties, further thoughts on the game...

Detroit came out exactly as they needed to. They dominated that first period, didn't let up when Franzen went down (as they did when Henrik Zetterberg got hurt in Carolina ten days ago), and seemed to be poised to roll.

Then they let up. Call it "getting into penalty trouble" or whatever you want, it happened because the Red Wings got lazy and sloppy. And Phoenix took advantage to get back in the game.

The Coyotes were controlling the pace of the game for most of the third period and getting on the scoresheet because of it. It was one bounce from being a tie game after the Wings had such an early advantage.

The Red Wings closed it out, though. I thought they were really solid defensively in the final three minutes or so, keeping the puck in the Phoenix end quite a bit and clearing their own zone quickly. Valtteri Filppula probably should have had an empty-net goal but he botched the chance.

So what do the teams take away from this? Detroit held serve at home, which is the most important thing for them no matter how it happened. They've also seemingly solved Ilya Bryzgalov. Even without Henrik Zetterberg, they've controlled large parts of this series.

The Coyotes did make a bit of a statement today, though. Unlike Wednesday, they took advantage of the chances they got. Three power play goals after going scoreless on the man-advantage in Game One. They did some solving of their own.

Detroit obviously sits in better shape with the 2-0 series lead but Phoenix isn't out of anything yet. The Wings need a road win to punctuate the series. We'll see what happens Monday night.

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If you're not out tailgating down at The Joe, you're wrong!

Seriously, the Wings need to swell up and come out flying when that puck drops. No more slow starts please.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 12:15 PM

 

In-laws just got here to watch the game, I'll probably be quiet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:12 PM

 

In-laws just got here to watch the game, I'll probably be quiet.


LMAO!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:15 PM

 

Franzen in bad shape. Cut to hell on the face. Hope he can just be patched up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:27 PM

 

Well, that was a scary thing on Franzen. Looks like he was cogent and talking.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:30 PM

 

Final 30 seconds of the PP almost made up for the first 90.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:35 PM

 

Defense is looking really good so far. We're going to need that if Franzen doesn't return.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:37 PM

 

Man, guys who hit people after the whistle are so tough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:41 PM

 

Hell of a shot. Nice drag to his right at the last second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:44 PM

 

Dats with the G and Homer with the screen. Unstopable.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:45 PM

 

Babs says he imagines Franzen will be back for the second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:49 PM

 

Special teams clinic so far this series.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 1:54 PM

 

Homer with another screen. I hope Bryz like the smell of Homer's butt.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 1:55 PM

 

That was effing sick!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:02 PM

 

Holy christ. Datsyuk goes between the legs, Bryzgalov makes the stop but Helm gets the rebound. What a play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:02 PM

 

I always thought Datsyuk and Helm should play together.

Posted by catmandu on 4/16/2011 at 2:04 PM

 

I think that was the best first period I've seen all year. But then, I haven't been able to watch that many games this year. Someone chime in if they agree or not.

BTW, congrats to Pasha for winning the best Russian NHL player of the year.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:05 PM

 

Maybe not best, definitely most dominant. Fantastic start. Gotta stay with it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:08 PM

 

For those not on Twitter, from @timlogue: "BREAKING: NHL found a buyer for the Coyotes! Datsyuk owns them."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:15 PM

 

Mule still questionable. Father in law says there's no need for him to come back at this point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:21 PM

 

Homer did a great job of getting his stick on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:23 PM

 

Winnapeg... I mean Phoenix looks punch drunk.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:26 PM

 

Report is Franzen will be back soon.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:31 PM

 

Nuts...

That all started when Helm lost the face-off and then failed to clear.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:33 PM

 

Thought Draper was gonna get the block there. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:33 PM

 

Phantom call and now Franzen's back.

He wants his point.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 2:36 PM

 

Jovanovski tough hiding behind that cage and grabbing Helm's face.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:41 PM

 

lol... Got Dats, Homer and Raffy in my playoff pool. Solid game so far! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by klaitinen on 4/16/2011 at 2:43 PM

 

Great job by Abs to take the shot and then get in on the puck on the PK

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 2:45 PM

 

Goals, assists, picks, deeks, hits...

Typical Datsyukian night.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:00 PM

 

Once of those, "If that was Holmstrom" plays. Hanzal in the crease.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 3:27 PM

 

What the hell? Here comes the Bettman specials...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:29 PM

 

That would've been a pretty goal for Bert if it went in.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:48 PM

 

Well, that was an intense ending.

14 to go!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/16/2011 at 3:53 PM

 

Still shaking. Closer than it needed to be. Not happy with how that ended, except for the final couple minutes where the Wings didn't let the Coyotes get possession.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/16/2011 at 3:54 PM

 
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