A questionable call caused the Wings to head into overtime after leading the Coyotes for most of the game. A soft goal in OT gave Phoenix the two points, while handing Detroit a loss to start their road trip and one point in the standings.
By the end of the first period, the game was even at one goal apiece. In his first game back from injury, star forward Pavel Datsyuk assisted on the equalizer with 20 seconds remaining in the period. Tomas Holmstrom was credited with the goal, a tip-in. Matthew Lombardi posted the power-play goal for the Coyotes in the first frame.
Defenseman Brett Lebda scored 7:45 into the second period, which was set up on a slick pass by Datsyuk. Henrik Zetterberg also earned his second helper of the evening.
Phoenix was held off the scoreboard in the third until the 17:20 mark when it appeared that goalie Chris Osgood had made the stop with the puck under his pads. The referee seemingly should have blown the whistle, but hadn't when a Coyote pushed Ozzie further back, causing the puck to ultimately go over the goal line. Petr Prucha was given the goal.
Mike Babcock had this to say to FSDetroit after the game:
"I thought we were in the control of the game...I thought they pushed Ozzie into the net, but it doesn't matter what I think obviously...The bottom line is that's what they decided, but I thought there was some bumping...If you give away points, it's going to come back and haunt you."
Wings' fans will probably agree that the game should not have gone into overtime, but it did and Adrian Aucion scored the game-winning marker 1:40 into overtime.
All in all, the Coyotes outshot Detroit 33-27 for the win.
"It's tough to lose this way. I thought we played a good game...[Pavel] looked good and he skated well...It was two funky plays that led to the last two goals."
-- Henrik Zetterberg said on FSDetroit after the game
The Wings have four more games remaining on this road trip so hopefully they can put this behind him and get a few wings out of this trip. Detroit's next game is this Saturday in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.
Should the goal by Phoenix late in the third have counted?
If I was Babcock, I'd be pissed it counted. (120 votes)
Yeah, I think it should have been a goal. (35 votes)
155 total votes