Well it was a good run, but now it's all over... we had points in six consecutive games but that's all over now thanks to the Coyotes pretty much taking the majority of a game off and forgetting how to play hockey in general. You'd think that in a 3-2 game that that would mean the teams actually played it really close. That however was not the case. The Coyotes were outplayed in nearly every conceivable way. We turned the puck over constantly in every area of the ice. While we've been much improved in the faceoff department this year we couldn't win at all. The Red Wings dominated us 31-12 in the faceoff circle. 31-12!? That's just ridiculous. The only time we seemed to be able to get things going was at the end of each period.
Even Our future Vezina Candidate Ilya Bryzgalov was off his game. 2 of Detroit's 3 goals came off shots from the blueline. They wobbled a little, but still, from the blueline?! He settled down in the second half of the game, but with how the rest of the team was playing the damage was already done.
The Coyotes 2 goals were both pretty good, though Shane Doan's hit on Johnathan Ericsson knocked him out of the game but Taylor Pyatt followed up by stuffing the puck into the net. The second goal was an absolute blast from the sideboards by Radim Vrbata. Jimmy Howard couldn't do anything about it because it was such a laser.
No one was impressed with the effort including Coach Dave Tippett. "For whatever reason, you have games that aren't your best games (and) you're not as sharp as you should be, and that was one of those games for us." He said after the game. I think he was probably understating it by just a bit. basically we didn't show up to play for more than 10 minutes of this game. That effort won't get you anywhere.
On to Toronto.