The Phoenix Coyotes broke through on the scoreboard, but still trail the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series after two periods.
Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal for the Coyotes at 12:58 of the second period, wristing a shot past Jimmy Howard after a pass out to the wing from Keith Yandle. Ray Whitney also drew an assist on the score, which cut Detroit’s lead to 4-1.
The Wings took a 4-0 lead early in the period on a goal by Tomas Holmstrom. The score came on a deflection of a shot by Valtteri Filppula. Pavel Datsyuk also got an assist on the play, giving him four points for the game thus far after he notched three in the first period.
Johan Franzen did return to the ice for Detroit in the second period, sporting a bandage on his forehead over his nose and a plug in his right nostril. He went looking for some payback on Shane Doan, who checked him into the boards during the first period. Franzen took a shot at Doan’s chin, drawing a roughing penalty with less than a minute left in the period. (Doan also tried to retaliate, however, which also put him in the box.)