GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 18: Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates after Ruslan Salei (not pictured) scored a first period goal past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Coyotes Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Detroit Scores Early, Often To Take Commanding Series Lead

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Coyotes Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Detroit Overpowers Phoenix Yet Again, Grabs 3-0 Series Edge

There was no comeback in order for the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3. 

After storming back from a 4-0 deficit in Game 2 before falling just short, the Coyotes couldn't muster much at all against the Red Wings on Monday night as they returned home to Arena. Detroit jumped out to an early lead on goals from Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller in the first three minutes of the game, and from that point, never looked back. 

Valterri Filppula scored early in the second period before the Coyotes got on the board via a power play goal from David Schlemko midway through the second, but any hopes of a comeback from that point were quickly squashed when Johan Franzen made the score 4-1 just 45 seconds into the third.

In all, the Coyotes just couldn't match up with the Wings. They've needed Ilya Bryzgalov to step up and carry a big load. He's been unable to do so. They've needed big games from Keith Yandle, and that hasn't happened. Offensively, Shane Doan can't do it all, but it looks like the team is asking him to do that.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings just look effortless, and Pavel Datsyuk has made the Coyotes look like the Washington Generals for much of the series. If that happens in Game 4, we could very easily have a sweep on our hands. 

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Red Wings, Five For Howling on the Coyotes. You can find full coverage here.     


Coyotes Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Phoenix Trails, Hoping For Another Late Comeback

Heading home, the Phoenix Coyotes were hoping they could use their huge surge in the latter half of Game 2 to propel them to a big win over the Detroit Red Wings at Arena. 

Uh, that's not what happened.

Just 2:41 into the game, Ruslan Salei and Niklas Kronwall scored to give the Wings a 2-0 advantage. Ilya Bryzgalov did not look like the goalie he was in the regular season, and he's been as shaky tonight as he's been all postseason. Early on, the Coyotes just looked, for the most part, like they're boys in a league amongst men. 

The Coyotes escaped the first period with just a two-goal deficit, but early in the second, Valterri Filppula scored to make it 3-0 Wings. From there, the home team started to get into the game a little more, controlling posession and getting more quality shots at Jimmy Howard.

Finally, on the power play at 11:43 of the second, David Schlemko put one past Howard to pull the Coyotes within three, and as we prepare for the final half of action in this one, the 'Yotes are going to have to keep up that pressure.

If they don't stage some sort of comeback like they did in Game 2 (well, a successful one this time), they're going to be facing elimination in Game 4. This was supposed to be a close series, and the Coyotes are running out of time to prove they truly belong.


Coyotes Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Detroit Hopes To Put Phoenix In 3-0 Hole

After dropping the first two games of the Western Conference quarterfinals in Detroit, the Phoenix Coyoteswill try to use home ice to get on the board tonight in Game 3 against the Red Wings

The third-seeded Red Wings took the opener by a 4-2 score and then grabbed a 2-0 series edge with Saturday's 4-3 victory over the visiting Coyotes.

Detroit jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before holding on for the Game 2 victory. It marked the 55th straight time the Red Wings had won a playoff game when scoring four or more goals.

Phoenix, which will also host Game 4 on Wednesday, had a 21-13-7 as the home team during the regular season. The Red Wings had a 26-11-4 record on the road during the 2010-11 regular season. Detroit also won last year's conference quarterfinal series against Phoenix by taking Game 7 at Arena.

The Coyotes have never won a postseason series since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg. Phoenix has lost 17 times in its 19 all-time playoff series dating back to the franchise's days as the Jets. The club hasn't won a postseason series since Winnipeg bested Calgary in 1987 .

For more coverage on the game, check out the local blogs, Detroit's Winging it in Motown and Phoenix's Five For Howling.

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