Detroit took the lead three times during regulation, only for the Coyotes to claw their way back each time to force extra time hockey for the second game in a row for Arizona.
Unfortunately, unlike the 11 round shootout Arizona featured in against the LA Kings, this shootout only lasted 3 rounds against Detroit. The three Coyotes’ shooters failed to beat Petr Mrazek, allowing the Red Wings to leave Gila River Arena on the back of the lone shootout tally by Gustav Nyquist.
1-0 Detroit - With poor coverage in front of Mike Smith by the Coyotes, the Detroit power play unit are the first to get to a loose puck. Riley Sheahan collects Andreas Athanasiou’s rebound right off Smith’s pads and passes it diagonally away from the net to Dylan Larkin who is also unmarked and is able to open the scoring on a flailing Smith. Assists to Sheahan and Athanasiou at 8:11.
1-1 Tie - During a 4 on 4 segment of play, Radim Vrbata finds some time and space off a Christian Dvorak pass. Vrbata utilizes this and closes the distance between him and the net before ripping a beauty in glove side to best Petr Mrazek and tie the game. Assists to Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun at 1.53.
2-1 Arizona - Josh Jooris enters the zone and makes a drop pass to Shane Doan just behind him. Shane Doan then waits with the puck before making a pass wide to the other side of the zone where Alex Goligoski joins the rush. Goligoski takes the puck deep and tries to pass it back to Doan wide. Instead it hits Detroit defender Mike Green and bounces into the back of the net. Assists to Doan and Jooris at 3:56.
2-2 Tie - With Jordan Martinook in the box, the Red Wings strike again on the power play. A Mike Green shot from the point makes Mike Smith stretch out on his stomach to get his right pad across to make a wide save, but the puck goes past everything and bounces of the end boards and straight to the stick of Tomas Tatar. With Smith slow to get up, perhaps injured and still lying down on the ice, Tatar tallies into a wide open net. Assists to Green and Athanasiou at 4:45.
3-2 Detroit - On the Red Wings power play, Mike Green receives a beautiful pass from Henrik Zetterberg as he enters the zone. From there, Green works his way around the flat footed Alex Goligoski and then dangles to beat Mike Smith on the backhand. Assists to Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar at 3:52.
3-3 Tie - Shorthanded, Alex Goligoski and Lawson Crouse enter their offensive zone with the puck on an odd man rush. Goligoski glides away from the middle of the ice but lays off a wide pass to Crouse who goes in one on one with Petr Mrazek and beats him with a snipe on the blocker side. Assist to Goligoski and Josh Jooris.
4-3 Detroit - After an Arizona power play expires, Henrik Zetterberg streaks into the Red Wings offensive zone and from a tight angle on the left wing lets a shot rip. The shot is blocked by Mike Smith with his blocker but it rebounds into the back of the net. Assist to Danny Dekeyser at 13:55.
4-4 Tie - With lots of traffic between him and Petr Mrazek, Jakob Chychrun threads the puck from the point through everyone and then Mrazek’s 5-hole to even up the score late in the game. Assist to Tobias Rieder at 17:30.
No scoring in overtime as Detroit out shot Arizona 4 to 1 and finished the period on the power play.
Round 1: Brendan Pelini misses and Gustav Nyquist scores five hole on Mike Smith.
Round 2: Radim Vrbata has his shot saved by Petr Mrazek saved and Frans Nielsen misses.
Round 3: Oliver Ekman-Larsson has his shot saved by Mrazek and the Detroit Red Wings win.
- Can the Coyotes make it four in a row? - Unfortunately not, meaning that their current streak ends at 3 and ties their streak in January for longest of the season.
- Will Detroit rebound after a weak showing in Colorado? - Detroit did indeed rebound by coming away with the win though it wasn’t in the most convincing fashion.
- Does either team really want these two points? - Neither team appeared content with losing as it was neck and neck for 65 minutes and decided in the shootout where it really could have gone either way.
Players of the Game
Detroit - Mike Green - Was unfortunate to redirect Alex Goligoski’s shot into the back of his own net but punished Coyotes with a primary assist on the Red Wing’s next power play opportunity and then followed it up with a goal of his own to take back the lead for Detroit.
Arizona - Josh Jooris - Quietly recorded 2 assists, one of which came on a short handed goal and finished the night with with a +/- of +2. Continues to make his case as to why he deserves a higher center role than Peter Holland, racking up ice time on the penalty kill and in overtime.
- For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging it in Motown.
- Anthony Duclair was scratched tonight, making room for Teemu Pulkkinen to play in his first home game for the Arizona Coyotes against the team that drafted him at 111th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
- Pulkkinen slotted in on the forth line alongside center Peter Holland and winger Jamie McGinn.
- Pulkkinen hadn’t played before tonight since March 2nd when he made his debut for the Arizona Coyotes and scored a goal against the Buffalo Sabres. Funnily enough, his last game played as a member of the Minnesota Wild before being dealt to the Coyotes was against the Arizona Coyotes on December 17th.
- On the sidelines, Duclair joined the injured Kevin Connauton and Alexander Burmistrov.
- Shane Doan got hurt at the end of the 2nd period and did not return for the remainder of the game:
Shane Doan out with a lower-body injury. Won't return.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) March 17, 2017
- Late in the 3rd period Luke Schenn crashed hard into the boards after missing a check on Justin Abdelkader. After slowly getting up off the ice Schenn immediately made his way down to the locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.
- The Detroit Red Wings remain perfect in the shootout, improving their shootout record to 8 wins with 0 losses. Meanwhile Arizona’s own shootout record fell to 6 wins and 2 losses.
The Coyotes stay at home for one more game before heading out on a five game road trip. They face the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, with puck drop at 6:00pm Arizona time. The game can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona or tuned into on AZ Sports 98.7 FM.