Tomas Holmstrom scored his third goal in two games for the Red
Joseph, who lost to Detroit 2-0 on Oct. 15 in Arizona, did his
best work in the third period as Detroit outshot Phoenix 19-1.
The Coyotes killed four Red Wings' power plays in the third
period and blanked them in seven chances for the game.
"Certainly our penalty killing was the story tonight," said
Joseph. "Guys blocked shots and sacrificed body parts.
The Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan had an apparent goal waved off
8:37 into the third period, when it was ruled that he kicked the
"CuJo did what he was supposed to do," Shanahan said. "He
made some key, key saves."
The Coyotes scored twice on the power play in the second period
to take a 3-1 lead.
Michalek's goal on a shot from the point broke a 1-all tie 8:22
into the period and Johnson's one-time slap shot from the outside
edge of the right circle with 45 seconds left gave Phoenix a
Phoenix was 4-for-9 with the manpower advantage.
"We can do a better job with our discipline," said Detroit
coach Mike Babcock, who was upset by the number of penalties his
Holmstrom opened the scoring 2:23 into the game, when he put a
shot through Joseph's pads from the slot.
"CuJo made a couple of key saves when it was 1-0," Coyotes
coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Leclerc's 5-on-3 power-play goal tied it for Phoenix with 2:58
left in the first period.
"Special teams played such a big role," Johnson said.
"Getting that 5-on-3 goal was huge. We were on our heels to that
Detroit G Manny Legace missed his second game because of a
slightly sprained knee. D Jason Woolley (groin) missed his sixth
game. ... It also was Phoenix associate coach Barry Smith's first
game at Joe Louis Arena since serving in that capacity with the Red
Wings from 1993-04. ... With an assist on Holmstrom's goal, Pavel
Datsyuk stretched his points streak to eight games. ... After
getting a cross-checking penalty late in the first period, Detroit
D Chris Chelios got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute
misconduct and a game misconduct. The Red Wings played with only
five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Paul Devorski, Chris Lee Linesmen: Brian Mach, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tomas Holmstrom (4)
Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Andreas Lilja
Mike Leclerc (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Paul Mara, Ladislav Nagy
Zbynek Michalek (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Comrie, Geoff Sanderson
Mike Johnson (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Keith Ballard, Yanick Lehoux
Mike Comrie (4)
(Power Play) (Empty Net) Assists: Ladislav Nagy, Mike Leclerc