The Detroit Red Wings' power play has been mediocre at best, awful at times, over the past two seasons. But, when this desperate team needed a boost from its man-advantage, it delivered big on Monday, converting three times in a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena. The units performed how they practiced at the morning skate. “When we worked on it, they were flying, moving the puck and jumping,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “Who knows why? But they knew it was a big game, they had to produce and they did. “I was very impressed with their practice, their focus and their details. We only went three reps for 40 seconds, but they were really good.'' Johan Franzen scored 2:37 into the game and Damien Brunner made it 2-0 with 36 seconds remaining in the first period. Valtteri Filppula added to the power-play party at 16:09 of the second. Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all three goals. “I thought our power play was the star of the game,'' goaltender Jimmy Howard said. “For them to go out there and get three power-play goals, especially when the power play hasn't been all that great … hopefully we gain some confidence going into Wednesday (vs. Los Angeles).''
Red Wings get huge boost at crucial time from a power play that has been awful to medicore at times
Michigan Live | Apr 23