Early in the game the Coyotes looked like their normal selves, at least how they've looked so far this season. It was a defensive battle through the majority of the 1st period with the Coyotes getting a few more shots than the wings, but up until the last couple of minutes it was a fairly even game. With 3:30 left in the period Matthew Lombardi slapped one out of the air and in on the Power Play to take the lead. That was short lived however, as with just :20 seconds remaining Tomas Homstrom got a tip in to even it up. The goal deflated the play of the Coyotes in the following period as Detroit took control of the game. While the defense and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov held the Wings at bay, it was clear Detroit was dictating the play and weren't allowing the Coyotes much room to do anything. at the 7:45 mark Brett Lebda put a wrister by Bryzgalov off a nice pass by Pavel Datsyuk.
The Third Period was more of the same through the first 15 minutes. The Coyotes kept trying to get going, but Detroit shifted to a heavy forecheck and a defensive style to keep the Coyotes down. but the Coyotes were able to break out of that a bit and late in the period Petr Prucha tied it up on a dirty goal. Both Prucha and Vrbata kept digging away in front of Chris Osgood. Osgood didn't have the puck covered and as the Detroit defense kept checking and pushing the pair into the net Prucha got a stick on it and put it past the goalline. Mike Babcock was not happy about it being called a goal as he thought Osgood was pushed in, but the puck was never fully possessed by Osgood so it stood even after a review. The Coyotes continued to put pressure on a clearly disheartened Red Wings team for the remainder of the period, but the game went to overtime.
In the Extra frame it went back and forth for a short time, but just 1:57 into extra time Adrian Aucoin put a wrister in from the top of the circle that Chris Osgood tipped up and into the net. Osgood opened up his stick side to try and hit it down, but instead it travelled up the blade and into the net.