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Faceoffs, special teams fail Wings

Sunday, 04.25.2010 / 6:21 PM ET / News
By Michelle Crechiolo  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Faceoffs, special teams fail Wings
DETROIT – The Red Wings’ special teams didn’t come through Sunday, and that cost them the chance to close out the series.

The Phoenix Coyotes scored one even-strength goal in a 5-2 win – they also scored three power-play goals and one short-handed – over Detroit in Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7 on Tuesday in Phoenix.

The Wings finished the night 0-for-5 with a man-advantage, and allowed Phoenix to capitalize on 50 percent of their power play attempts.

“That’s probably the game right there,” admitted Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg. “If we would have scored one or two on those chances, the outcome would have been a little different. Their power play was better than ours tonight, their penalty kill was better than us, I think that’s the game.”

Although Phoenix’s first goal was a shorthanded tally early into the first period, the Wings weren’t discouraged.

“You still look at it as, it’s only one goal,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “You still have a chance to score one and you’re right back in the game again.”

But pair that with failing to score on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted for 70-seconds in the first period, and it’s hard to gain momentum.

“I think specialty teams let us down today,” said Wings forward Darren Helm, who finished the regular-season tied for fifth in the league with three shorthanded goals. “On the power play we didn’t score, on the penalty kill we gave up way too many, and that’s just not good enough right now.”

Before Sunday, the Wings had killed off 19 consecutive power play attempts by Phoenix.

FACEOFF FAIL: Winning important face-offs was what gave the Wings the edge over Phoenix in their 4-1 win in Friday’s Game 5.

In Game 6, it was the Coyotes who won the draws when it mattered most, especially in the Wings’ defensive zone.

“I thought (Friday) most of our goals came off face-offs,” Helm said. “That happened (Sunday) for them.”

After the Wings had climbed within one – after a Brad Stuart tally made the score 2-1 – Detroit lost two face-offs directly in front of rookie goalie Jimmy Howard about five minutes apart that resulted in two quick goals for Phoenix.

“That’s a key part of games,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “So you got to win face-offs, there’s no question about it that they’ve given us trouble in this series with that.”

Helm said they Wings know that they have to improve on that aspect of the game in order to win Game 7 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

“The faceoff circle is really important,” he said. “Our centermen’s got to bear down and make sure we’re not giving up that draw easy, and making sure that we’re winning it back.”




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89