“More so than ever you’re
going to toss out what happened in the regular
season,” Detroit forward Kris Draper said. “I think both teams believe
in themselves, they’re very confident. It’s going to make for a great
The Coyotes had yet to add Lee Stempniak
and Wojtek Wolski, while the Red Wings were fighting to get through a
number of injuries. Thanks to the spectacular play of Jimmy Howard, the
Wings were able to barely hang on and finished the season as the NHL’s
So, combine that with the Red Wings overall history
as a franchise in the playoffs and you have a Coyotes team that seems to
be consensus underdogs in the matchup.
What will be interesting
to see is how a Dave Tippett-coached team fares once more against
Detroit; while with the Dallas Stars he had nothing but trouble with the
Red Wings system, and was ousted in six games in the conference finals
in 2008 by Detroit.
The older, grizzled and experienced
championship team against the new, young and underdog squad. Triple deke,
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day