Coyotes Fall to Wings 2-1 in Penalty Filled Overtime Game

GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 16: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Phoenix Coyotes passes the puck as he skates past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 during the NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena on October16 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

I still don't really know what to say about this game. This was one the Coyotes should have won, but with the help of a couple bad calls and some boneheaded penalties they just never found their rhythm and ended up giving up the game with seconds left in the over time period to the Detroit Red Wings. If you look at the three stars of the game there's a reason that Jimmy Howard and Ilya Bryzgalov were numbers one and two respectively though as both were outstanding. There were bight points of the game though it always stinks to lose to the freakin Red Wings. I hate them so much!

 

The Good

Martin Hanzal: Outside of Bryz he has to be the bright spot in terms of single players. He logged more time than most defensemen with how much the Coyotes were on the penalty kill. With 22:58 of the game on the ice and scoring the lone goal for the Coyotes, as for his 100th career point. 

Kyle Turris: The kid is really looking like the NHL player he's supposed to be. He was all over the ice in the corners, in front of the net, put checks on people. He didn't get a ton of ice time thanks to all the penalties, but if keeps that effort up this season he'll start racking up points quickly.

Penalty Kill: Sure, we need to take fewer penalties, but we made the Detroit power play look silly right up until that last pk when it mattered. The Coyotes were getting to the puck faster and making smart plays to clear the puck before the Red Wings could really get anything going. 

Goaltending: On both sides the goaltenders were outstanding. Howard had 25 saves and Ilya Bryzgalov had 31. Both had some outstanding saves on breakaways and odd-man rushes that could have been the difference in the game, but both were up to the challenge.

The Bad

Discipline: I'd say 2 or 3 of the penalties against us were on the weak side of things, and you'll get those every game, but to compound that with a total of 8 penalties is just ridiculous. You're not going to win too many games if you're shorthanded that frequently. The Coyotes got lucky that they got a point out of the game with that many chances. 

Jooooovvooooo!: Ed Jovanovski was certainly not JovoCop tonight. He saved his own bacon on a few bad turnovers, but to take that penalty that got the overtime gongshow rolling is just unacceptable from a veteran like him. There were other factors in the loss and he also had some solid moments, but come on man. You just can't do that. 

The Ice: It's rare that you have a player actually call out the ice crew, but that's exactly what happened in the postgame from Scottie Upshall. On twitter he said "I could've made better ice for us to skate on tonight out of a 7/11 slurpee machine. Common ice crew, figure it out!" That's disheartening since last year they seemed to finally have the mix figured out. The puck was bouncing all over at times, and that's a pretty scathing remark by a player to the crew.

The So-So

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: He had some moments where he looked like a crafty veteran and moments where he looked like the 19 year old player that he is. You can certainly see why he's already in the NHL with his playmaking ability and confidence with the puck, but there are times where he needs to make some better decisions too. He's being counted on for big minutes and has pushed Sami Lepisto and David Schlemko to that rotating 6/7 spot. 

The top line: Doan - Turris - Upshall had some things working and the effort is there, nothing was cashing in though. Shane Doan even said after the game that his not having a point in 3 games in unacceptable. While I think he's being a little hard on himself, I also see his point and the sooner they get scoring the better.

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