The Phoenix Coyotes struggled early against the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night but a barrage of goals gave the home team a 5-2 victory. Phoenix fell behind 2-0 in the first period but four straight goals, including one by goalie Mike Smith, showed the Coyotes' perseverance and ability to bounce back from a tough loss the night before.
“From a coaching perspective I was very impressed with our guys,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tipett said. “Just the will that they had. Getting home at 2 in the morning last night. Even when we were down two. We talked after the second period and I loved the way we were playing, we're fine. Come out and play a third period and score four in the third, with Smitty getting a big one at the end. It's hard to be impressed sometimes but I was impressed.”
The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead after 12-minutes in the opening period. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored his fifth goal of the season after putting a powerful wrist shot past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith at 4:47.
Approximately three-minutes later Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi stole the puck from the Coyotes Kyle Chipchura and scored easily.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith kept the game close as he shut down the Red Wings after a rocky first period. Phoenix forward Rob Klinkhammer cut Detroit's lead in half on a breakaway goal with 59.9 seconds left in the second stanza. It was Klinkhammer's third goal of the season and after two period the Coyotes trailed the Red Wings 2-1.
Phoenix forward Mike Ribeiro tied up the game with his second goal of the season at 5:07 in the second period. Martin Hanzal gave the Coyotes the lead when he scored a breakaway goal approximately two-minutes later.Ribeiro essentially put the game away when he scored his second goal of the game, and third this season, in the third period.
“He (Ribeiro) finds a way to have an impact on the game,”Tippett said. “He's a quirky player but he can do good things for you and tonight was a good example of that.”
The win improved the Coyotes record to 5-2-2 and they have tallied points in their last six games. Phoenix gets to stay home in the friendly confines of Jobing.com Arena as they host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, October 22. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. (PT)