Red Wings blank Coyotes, one point out of eighth place

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24 against Vancouver.. Detroit’s Daniel Cleary was called for tripping twice in the first 4-plus minutes of the second period and the Coyotes failed to take advantage of either power play while being held to just two shots.. “We didn’t play well with the man advantage and that was the difference,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.. Doan had an open net midway through the second period only to have rookie defenseman Danny Dekeyser extend his stick far enough to deflect the shot over the net.. Filppula scored from a sharp angle at the bottom of the first circle at 16:09 of the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.. He scored for the first time in eight games and had his second goal in 17 games.. “We need him to be an important player,” Babcock said.. “Ideally, this goal will help him take a step.” Howard faced a flurry of shots and finished with his second shutout in nine days and fourth of the season.. He earned his 128th career victory, tying Tim Cheveldae for fifth in franchise history.. Babcock was asked if Howard was good enough to carry the offensively challenged team. source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400443152&amp

Wings, Howard shut out Coyotes

”We can enjoy this for a minute,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.. ”But all it does is give us another opportunity.” Damien Brunner scored late in the first period and Valtteri Filppula had a power-play goal late in the second to help Detroit match its season high in power-play scoring.. Franzen had an empty-net goal with 1:22 left.. The Coyotes, five points behind with Blue Jackets, are on the brink of elimination after losing for the fourth time in five games with the potential to earn just six more points in the fading regular season.. ”Just got to find a way to win the next one and give ourselves a chance,” Phoenix captain Shane Doan said.. When it comes to style in NHL, goalies rule with their masks.. VIEW PHOTOS .. Phoenix has been in the playoffs the previous three seasons, losing to Detroit in the first round in 2011 and 2010.. The Red Wings were skating hard and checking a lot – even Pavel Datsyuk had two big hits within the first 10 minutes of the game – in their quest to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990.. ”They understand what’s going on more than anybody,” Babcock said.. ”They make their living here and they got a lot of pride in wearing the sweater.” Detroit scored on its first shot when Franzen redirected a puck past Mike Smith into the game on a power play. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/detroit-red-wings-beat-phoenix-coyotes-jimmy-howard-earns-shutout-042213

NHL Western Conference Prospects to Watch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs

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Jamie Oleksiak, Texas/Dallas Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Towering, yet mobile , Jamie Oleksiak was called up to the parent Dallas Stars within two days of participating in the AHL All-Star Game.. The 6’7″, 254-pound defenseman logged 16 games in the NHL as well as 59 twirls with the Texas Stars, for whom he pitched in six goals and 27 assists.. Oleksiak’s plus-19 rating was second only to Colton Sceviour among all Texas skaters and easily the highest among blueliners on the team that finished first in the AHL’s Western Conference.. One year removed from his lone major-junior campaign , when he went on a ride to the OHL finals with the Niagara IceDogs, Oleksiak has reasonable hope for a similar run at a higher level with the T-Stars.. Tanner Pearson, Manchester/Los Angeles Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The final pick in the first round of last year’s NHL draft, Tanner Pearson set a promising personal tone for the AHL playoffs with a productive sugar rush late in the homestretch.. He stamped three multipoint efforts and an overall transcript of 4-3-7 within the final six games, helping the Manchester Monarchs to a timely winning streak and ensuring their playoff qualification.. Starting with the go-ahead goal en route to a 3-1 victory over Connecticut on April 12, Pearson has had a hand in seven of the Monarchs’ last 16 tallies.. Tyler Toffoli, Manchester/Los Angeles Victor Decolongon/Getty Images Tyler Toffoli, recently named the AHL’s top rookie , led the Monarchs with 28 goals despite missing 18 games.. Some of those absences have been due to eight appearances with the Kings , in which time he has cultivated five points.. After a six-week hiatus from Manchester for that very purpose, Toffoli returned for the final weekend of the regular season and logged an assist in each of three successive game days.. In four previous meetings with first-round opponent Springfield, Toffoli tallied a 2-2-4 scoring log, including a pair of power-play points.. Linden Vey, Manchester/Los Angeles Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Second-year center Linden Vey has excelled in all situations en route to a sophomore surge with the Monarchs. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1614619-nhl-western-conference-prospects-to-watch-in-the-ahl-calder-cup-playoffs

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Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen after he scored the game’s lone goal against Nashville in the second period.. The Blues won 1-0.  Mark Humphrey, AP April 9: Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a kick save against the Sharks.. Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over San Jose.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 9: Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Kings.  Ronald Martinez, Getty Images April 8: Anaheim Ducks right wing Radek Dvorak scored both goals in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.. He has three goals in five games since signing out of Europe.  Gary A.. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist to beat the New York Rangers 4-3.  John E.. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, who has been on the injured list most of the season, scored the winning goal in his return to action as the Canucks beat the Coyotes 2-0.  Rich Lam, Getty Images Related story Fullscreen April 7: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scored an empty net goal against the Nashville Predators in a 5-3 win.. Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks are the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot this season.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.. Ovechkin has 5 goals in two days.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves as the Wild ended their three-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 6: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 48 saves in a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, left, had a hat trick to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 and help his team stay atop the Southeast Division.  Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 and gain some breathing room atop the Northeast Division.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-1 upset win over the Anaheim Ducks.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Jussi Jokinen of the Pittsburgh Penguins joined his new team via trade earlier this week.. Jokinen scored one goal in regulation, then tallied the only score in a shootout in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.  Justin K.. Aller, Getty Images April 5: St.. Louis goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves for the surging Blues, who won their third game by defeating the Blue Jackets 3-1.  Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports April 4: Newly-acquired veteran Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal for the Boston Bruins in a 1-0 win over New Jersey.. The 41-year-old forward was traded from Dallas earlier in the week.  Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports April 4: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop recorded a career-high 45 saves in his first appearance with the Lightning. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/22/nhl-preview-monday/2103215/

Cross Checks: Phoenix Coyotes

The Wings hear the talk that after 20-plus years near the top of the hockey world, four Stanley Cups and easily the model organization in the game during that span, their time has come to find out how the regular folk live.. Talk of Detroit’s demise also fuels the veterans in that dressing room who have Cup rings.. “It’s a huge part, to be honest,” said Cleary, a Cup champion in 2008 with the Wings.. “We know.. Every hockey player knows what’s being said about their team.” Truth is, battling for their playoff lives in the home stretch of the regular season is simply an uncommon feeling for the veteran core of this team.. “It is, there’s no other way to put it; we’ve never been in this position, quite frankly,” Cleary said.. “If anything, we’re usually battling for first place or home ice in the playoffs.. It’s been different.” Also different is the team not being able to score.. The Wings sit 21st overall in goals per game (2.47), nearly half a goal down from last season (2.92), when they were seventh in the league.. “When you’re struggling offensively and losing, it falls on the guys that are counted on to score, and it hurts. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/category/_/name/phoenix-coyotes

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The players are playing accordingly.. “We want to keep ourselves alive going into a huge game against Detroit.” Phoenix helped itself with a 3-2 shootout win at Western Conference-best Chicago on Saturday, ending an 0-1-2 skid.. Mike Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury.. He intends on playing in Phoenix’s final four games.. “We’re fighting for our lives.. That extra point is huge and I think we deserve it,” said defenseman David Schlemko, who had the shootout winner.. The Coyotes, 2-0-2 in their last four road games, will next try to come away with two points at Detroit for the first time since Oct.. 28, 2010.. They’ve dropped five straight there, including two in the 2011 playoffs.. The Red Wings, though, have gone 1-2-3 in their last six and 3-5-3 in 11, a stretch that includes a 4-2 loss in Phoenix on April 4. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042205/phoenix-coyotes–detroit-red-wings

 

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