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Arizona Coyotes @ Detroit Red Wings instant recap: early momentum swing dooms Coyotes

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A disallowed goal early in the first period turned a strong start by the Arizona Coyotes into a period of nightmares.

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When Klas Dahlbeck opened the scoring for the Arizona Coyotes in the opening minutes of the first, it appeared that the Coyotes were on their way to redeeming themselves after a brutal third period in Nashville.

Instead, the goal was disallowed, and the Coyotes fell apart shortly thereafter, as the team lost 5-1 to the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night at the Joe Louis Arena.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Detroit: Justin Abdelkader officially opened the scoring for the game, after backhanding a rebound in at point-blank range in front of Mike Smith. Assist to Dylan Larkin on the goal at 12:30.

2-0 Detroit: Good cycling paid off for the Wings yet again, as well as some fancy puck work from Tomas Tatar. Ultimately it would be Nicklas Kronwall who would rifle home the goal to double Detroit's lead. Assists to Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk on the goal at 19:18.

3-0 Detroit: Mike Smith allowed an absolutely brutal bouncing goal from center-ice to give the Wings an extremely comfortable lead. Gustav Nyquist received credit for the goal. E-41. Assists to Darren Helm and Mike Green on the goal at 19:36.

Second Period

3-1 Detroit: The Coyotes get a goal that sticks. Steve Downie pulls off a great move around the back of the net to find Jordan Martinook. Martinook's shot sneaks through several Detroit defenders to give the Coyotes some life. Assists to Downie and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the goal at 5:52.

4-1 Detroit: The Wings answer back quickly as Danny DeKeyser beats Anders Lindback (who replaced Smith to start the second) on a slapshot from the point. Assists to Jonathan Ericsson and Pavel Datsyuk on the goal at 7:18.

Third Period

5-1 Detroit: Darren Helm adds insult to injury with his first goal of the season. Lindback was caught behind the net playing the puck, and Luke Glendening forced Lindback to pass the puck right to Helm's stick. No assists on the goal at 4:28.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes Detroit Red Wings
First Period Shots 9 16
Second Period Shots 9 14
Third Period Shots 9 14
Total Shots 27 45
Power Plays 0 for 1 0 for 4
Faceoff Wins 24 34
Save Percentage .886 .963

Paw Prints

  • For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging It In Motown.
  • Arizona's disallowed goal was a high slot wrister by Klas Dahlbeck that beat Jimmy Howard by inches blocker-side. The NHL's explanation for overturning the goal after video review was that Connor Murphy was over the line before the puck - and therefore offside - on the zone entry that ultimately led to the goal.
  • Shane Doan did not dress again tonight, while Steve Downie returned from injured reserve.
  • Kyle Chipchura earned a fighting major after dancing with Brendan Smith in the dying seconds of the first period.
  • Arizona has conceded five goals in consecutive games.
  • Teemu Pulkkinen left the game in the first period after Martin Hanzal slammed him face-first into the boards. Hanzal received a minor penalty on the play, and may have earned himself a phone call from the Department of Player Safety.
  • Antoine Vermette was the only Coyote to not record a minus in the game.
  • Despite scoring five goals, only Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk recorded multiple points. Detroit's offensive attack was largely evenly split.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes have more questions than answers as they travel to Buffalo to play Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow. Puck drop is at 5 PM Arizona time.