Apparently there are such things as Coyotes fans.
Amidst a sea of white at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, the Wings lost to the Phoenix Coyotes last night, 3-2.
The Coyotes scoring is very easy to recap…they scored on 3 out of 4 power play chances. Despite being just under 15% during the regular season, going 0 for 20 over their last 5 games, and playing against one of the more ferocious penalty kills, Phoenix managed to beat the Wings on power plays alone.
Said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett, “Took us 82 games to set that trap.” (ESPN)
Thomas Holmstrom and Nick Lidstrom scored for the Wings. Holmstrom’s goal, which came around the 10 minute mark of the first period, was a rather soft goal for usually reliable Coyote ‘tender Illya Bryzgalov.
His counterpart, Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard, lost for the first time in regulation since March 9th.
Said Jeff Hancock, THB’s Hockey expert and host of The Good Old Hockey Show in Boston, said, “The Coyotes were tough. I knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk for either team. I thought Howard was solid. One question I kept asking myself was, ‘where’s Franzen?’ Expect the Wings to ‘Feed the Mule’ on Friday. Detroit seemed to underestimate the statistically poor Phoenix PP. That probably won’t happen in game 2. The Red Wings will tighten up their game and stick to their system. Wings take game 2 and head home with the series 1-1.”
Game 2 in Friday at 10pm Eastern.