Misconduct

Postgame Thoughts: Red Wings @ Coyotes - Game Four

At the start of this Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes, it wasn't that hard to guess that Ilya Bryzgalov would be the most important player in the series. If the Coyotes were going to upset the Wings, he was going to be the reason.

Bryzgalov was indeed the most important player, but not for the reason anyone would have predicted.

Detroit finished the sweep with a 6-3 win Wednesday night, scoring five goals on the Phoenix netminder and adding an empty net goal. Bryzgalov allowed four goals in each of the previous three games. In short, he failed his team. In retrospect, the result shouldn't be a surprise.

All four games were hard-fought, each closer than the series as a whole ended up. If goaltending had come through for the Coyotes, this is a different series.

I'm not trying to throw Bryzgalov under the bus, his team could have limited Detroit's chances better and taken more advantage of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who was giving up rebounds and bobbling the puck more than he probably wanted to. It's just that it was known going in that Bryzgalov would have to steal games - it was almost expected that he would - and he didn't come close to that.

As for Game Four from the Detroit perspective... Damn, the grinders were out tonight. The first Patrick Eaves goal sums up this series to me. Darren Helm banged the puck loose, took it himself for the shot, and Eaves drove to the net to knock it in. It was about physicality and taking advantage of the chances you get.

Comment on this Article

User Comments

Modano in, Franzen out for Detroit, per Malik.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:35 PM

 

Holy cow! All three other games are tied right now. Two of them in OT.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:39 PM

 

FSD says it's Franzen's ankle, he can't push off well enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:40 PM

 

Well, I'm stuck watching the Caps/NYR game till it ends....

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:42 PM

 

Homer made a great start to that play and a great finish, with an amazing move by Pavs in the middle.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:47 PM

 

Damn, in off Ericsson's skate. Wasted that fantastic opening goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:50 PM

 

Nashville's getting owned right now. Pittsburg won in 2OT.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 10:55 PM

 

Ugh, Coyotes put one barely through Howard after Detroit can't clear off the ref.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 10:58 PM

 

OK. Caps won in 2OT. Now give me the Wings game AFN.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:00 PM

 

Bert had a tie game on his stick right there. Great stop by Bryzgalov but I don't think Bertuzzi put it where he wanted.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:07 PM

 

Yes!

Nightmare on Helm Street!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:13 PM

 

Big grindy goal. Helm knocking people around, Eaves going to the net for the tip-in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:14 PM

 

Stupid penaly and a breakdown by the defense lead to that. 4 Wings on 1 Coyote?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:16 PM

 

Brutal D on the PK. Bunch of guys drifted away from Hanzal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:35 PM

 

And we're tied again.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:42 PM

 

Great job by Kronner to stick with it and get to the rebound there. Nice shot. Holding serve on the PP.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:42 PM

 

Big save by Jimmy.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/20/2011 at 11:59 PM

 

That chance never should have happened. Big stop by Jimmy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2011 at 11:59 PM

 

Big chance on the PP here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:00 AM

 

Damn, some nice chances there, nothing in the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:04 AM

 

Checking in once again from Yokota AFB.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 12:13 AM

 

Wings not scoring on the PP is gonna come back and bite them in the ass. Phoenix has their chances coming up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:15 AM

 

We need a better 3d period. Looked like we were just trying to hang on again at times. We're letting them take it over our blue line unchallenged too many times. We'll pay for this if it doesn't stop.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:17 AM

 

Here is the latest series stats:

DET PHX

12 Goals: 7

101 Shots: 91

3 Power Play Goals: 5

0 Short Handed Goals: 0

101 Hits: 102

15 Give Aways: 21

33 Take Aways: 17

46 Blocked Shots: 32

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 12:20 AM

 

This game reminds me of Game Four of the Columbus series from 2009. Hoping for the same outcome.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:32 AM

 

Amother dumb penalty by Stuart.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:44 AM

 

Solid kill, for once.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:46 AM

 

Cleary! 4-3!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 12:54 AM

 

CLEARY!!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 12:54 AM

 

How on Earth did that go in? Holy sheeyat.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

TURN THE LIGHTS ON IN WINNIPEG!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

Bert! Off the skate and in, 5-3!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 1:00 AM

 

Signed, sealed, and delivered. That's a sweep!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:09 AM

 

Get the brooms out! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> I've been waiting so long to say that again.

Now I wonder how many more times they can mention that the Coyotes might not exist anymore in the next 30 seconds.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2011 at 1:10 AM

 

One down!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2011 at 1:10 AM

 

Rest up boys! Good day from hot, sunny, and dusty Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/21/2011 at 1:12 AM

 

Get out the brooms!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2011 at 1:13 AM

 

As for Game Four from the Detroit perspective... Damn, the grinders were out tonight. The first Patrick Eaves goal sums up this series to me. Darren Helm banged the puck loose, took it himself for the shot, and Eaves drove to the net to knock it in. It was about physicality and taking advantage of the chances you get.


I like what Babcock said about not being sure that the Wings have a fourth line....You can put guys like Helm or Eaves or Abdelkader in any line on the team, and they fit and respond. I hope we can keep them.

Posted by OldBroad on 4/21/2011 at 10:49 AM

 
Phoenix Coyotes

Related Links

 

Advanced Forum Search

Current Forum Discussions

Forgot Your Password?