Game 2 proved why the Detroit Red Wings are still a threat to win the Stanley Cup.
The Wings showed they can score goals and they can score goals in bunches if their top players are firing on all cylinders. There were a number of times where the Red Wings could have given up or conceded defeat to the Coyotes. It seemed like every time Detroit scored Phoenix would answer right back. The second or third time that happens to a team it can cause them to start wondering if they will ever catch a break. The Red Wings did not give up and just kept pounding away until they took the lead for good. And give the Coyotes credit too, they could have rolled over at points but they fought to the bitter end.
If nothing else the winner of this series is going to prove that they can score goals and can respond well when facing diversity.
Jimmy Howard did not play his best game, but his forwards stepped up for him and gave him his first ever playoff win. That should give him confidence and fan support as he makes his first home playoff start Sunday afternoon inside Joe Louis Arena. Howard’s job at this point in his career is just to keep the Wings in games and so far he has done that.
The big question as the series shifts to Hockeytown is how the teams respond after an emotional, high energy Game 2. The Wings should come out strong wanting to control home ice and try to take control of this series. The bigger question will be how Phoenix comes out. The Coyotes gave it their all Friday night and it might be a challenge for them to get back up for a game less than 48 hours later and after travelling half way across the country.
Hopefully both teams will come out just as fired up because if they do Game 3 should be a fun one.
Until next time, enjoy the games.
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