Western Conference Quarterfinals Recap - 4/16
Playoff Game 2: Red Wings 4 Coyotes 3
Read Wings lead the series 2-0.
Power Plays were king in the match up at Joe Louis today where the Wings sealed a 2-0 lead before heading to Phoenix. They helped Detroit gain a 4-0 lead, and subsequently helped Phoenix attempt a come back.
The Wings came out strong and ended the first with a 3-0 lead. High scorer Johan Franzen left the period with an injury after taking the hit into the boards. He would later return to play in the second, but was looking rather beat up after a pile up of injuries including a hurt nose from game one of the series and a cut above his eye from the last game in the regular season.
Just as Detroit takes a 4-0 lead in the second, Phoenix rallies to make that deficit much smaller.
Three power play goals, one in the second and two in the third bring the Coyotes dangerous close to tying the game.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard and the Wings hold out, however, and get the win.
The teams meet on Monday at 10:30 p.m. in Phoenix.
DET GOAL 10:42 PPG – Pavel Datsyuk (2): Snap Shot – Assists: N. Lidstrom (1) & T. Bertuzzi (1)
DET GOAL 15:50 PPG – Brian Rafalski (2): Slap Shot – Assists: P. Datsyuk (1) & T. Holmstrom (2)
DET GOAL 19:01 Darren Helm (1): Snap Shot – Assists: P. Datsyuk (2) & N. Lidstrom (2)
DET GOAL 1:11 Tomas Holmstrom (1): Tip-In – Assists: V. Filppula (2) & P. Datsyuk (3)
PHX GOAL 7:02 PPG – Radim Vrbata (2): Snap Shot – Assists: S. Doan (2) & K. Yandle (1)
PHX GOAL 5:49 PHX PPG – Shane Doan (1): Backhand – Assists: M. Hanzal (2) & K. Yandle (2)
PHX GOAL 8:37 PPG – Shane Doan (2) Slap Shot – Assists: K. Yandle (3) & R. Vrbata (1)
Playoff Game 1: Kings 4 Sharks 0
Series tied 1-1.
In a turn around from Thursday night’s game, the Kings offensive took the lead with two power play goals halfway through the first. The would hold onto this lead and let it grow with goals from Doughty, Jack Johnson, and Kyle Clifford.
Jonathan Quick made all of the saves to silence San Jose on their home ice and tie the game.
The teams now move to L.A. and meet up Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.
LAK GOAL 12:13 PPG – Jack Johnson (1): Slap Shot – Assists: D. Doughty (1) & M. Handzus (1)
LAK GOAL 15:43 PPG – Drew Doughty (1): Slap Shot – Assists: R. Smyth (2) & J. Johnson (1)
LAK GOAL 15:42 Drew Doughty (2): Slap Shot – Assists: K. Clifford (1) & R. Scuderi (1)
LAK GOAL 4:54 Kyle Clifford (1): Backhand – Assists: B. Richardson (1) & D. Doughty (2)
3rd Star: Drew Doughty (2 goals, 2 assists)
2nd Star: Jonathan Quick (Shutout, 34 saves)
1st Star: Pavel Datsyk (2 goals, 1 assist)
News and Notes
Bobby Ryan suspended two games
Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan was suspended two games after a “stompping” on the toe of Jonathon Blum in the last minutes of the Duck’s victory last night. Colin Campbell deemed it highly risky and inappropriate. Ryan will miss the Ducks two games in Nashville.