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Timely goals pace Coyotes' 4-2 win

Sunday, 04.18.2010 / 8:09 PM ET / News
By Michelle Crechiolo  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Timely goals pace Coyotes\' 4-2 win
DETROIT – The starting lineups were still on the ice when the Phoenix Coyotes struck first in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Red Wings’ fans fell silent 29-seconds into the first period when Phoenix defenseman Sami Lepisto slapped a rebound past goalie Jimmy Howard. With the game tied, 1-1, the Coyotes scored with 32-seconds left in the second period, and the Wings never recovered, not once managing to gain the lead in a 4-2 loss.

“Obviously, you don’t want to give up the goals either time,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “The first few minutes, the last few minutes of periods are critical.”

This is the first time in 17 consecutive seasons that the Wings haven’t opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with home-ice advantage, and getting scored on so early wasn’t the most preferable way for the team to return to Detroit.

“When you score that early … it gives you a little boost coming in,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “Their fans were into it early. If we can make it so we’re into the game and make sure we’re not a step behind, obviously those things will help you.”

Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom was on the ice for Lepisto’s goal.

“We were down that first shift,” Lidstrom said. “We battled back and we got the tying goal in the first period, and I think that really set the tone for us and helped us to go into the first break there with the score tied. But I’m sure they felt a lot of confidence by scoring right off the bat.”

Babcock agreed, saying he didn’t think his team had any trouble responding to the first goal. It was the goal scored at the end of the second period that hurt them the most.

“(Phoenix) took the game over,” he said. “I just go through my guys, I go through their shift length and stuff like that, and I look at some of the things that happened here tonight, it’s not good enough.”



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80