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Breakdown: Coyotes-Wings

Dec. 14, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Monday, 12.14.2009 / 10:18 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Coyotes-Wings

With the game on the line, goaltender Jimmy Howard came up big for the Wings. Howard made 11 saves in the final period, and helped the Wings hold off a late flurry from the Coyotes to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Derek Meech's first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time. The Wings' defenseman scored 2:05 into the second period, as he crossed the opposition's blue line and fired a rocket past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. It gave the Wings a two-goal lead, and it turned out to be the game-winner. It was a well-deserved goal for Meech, who stepped up for the injured Jonathan Ericsson and played 13:51 Monday night.

Patrick Eaves had an impressive game for the Wings Monday night. The winger played for 19:14, and made every second count. He helped the Wings jump out to a 2-0 lead when he scored shorthanded. He had four shots, two hits, and one takeaway. He also helped hold the Coyotes at bay in the closing seconds, when he sacrificed the body and blocked a shot from captain Shane Doan near the blue line.

The Wings controlled the face-off circle Monday night. The home team won 31 of 43 face-offs, good for 72 percent.

After the game, Howard talked about the pressure he and his defense faced at the end of the game. Here's what he had to say:

"You knew that was going to be the situation. They're down a goal, they're going to come at you, and throw the kitchen sink at you. The guys in front of me did a great job keeping them to the outside, and blocking shots, and when they do that that allows me to get out on the angle and just let the puck hit me."

Kris Newbury had quite the start to his first game as a Red Wing. The young forward picked up a penalty on his first shift, when he made contact with Bryzgalov. When he got out of the box, he rushed down the ice and scored off a pass from Kris Draper. A few minutes later, he picked up a tripping penalty. It was a very eventful ten minutes for Newbury, who on the night had 7:51 worth of ice-time, two shots, and two face-off wins.

The Wings welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. For tickets, click here.


H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
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