"I thought they were a lot hungrier than we were," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "I thought they came out with a better jump. I thought they were quicker on pucks and they capitalized on their chances they got, too. They got one power play, one short-handed, one even strength. It's hard to give a team a 3-0 lead and try to come back from it. It's very tough."
He also explained what makes Bryzgalov hard to beat.
"He makes himself big. Even though he's a butterfly goalie, his chest stays high and he doesn't seem to be going out of position," Lidstrom said. "He's there to make the first save, but he's there for the second save as well."
Holmstrom pulled Detroit to 3-2 3:56 into the third period, jamming the puck in from the side off of Bryzgalov for his second goal, but Korpikoski put it away with an empty-netter with 57 seconds left.
Franzen's power-play goal with 6:55 left in the second period put the Red Wings on the scoreboard. He tipped in Jiri Hudler's shot from the point. It was Franzen's seventh goal.
Phoenix' first-period goals came in a span of less than five minutes.
Vrbata opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark when he scored on a breakaway after beating defenseman Jakub Kindl to the inside. Yandle made it 2-0 with a power-play goal 1:55 later. He beat Osgood from the bottom of the right circle for his second goal. Korpikoski made it 3-0 with 8:04 left with a short-handed goal, beating Osgood with a wrist shot from about 45 feet.
"You take a wrist shot just past the blue line, you don't expect it to go in," Korpikoski said. "Maybe knuckleballed a little on him. Good things happen when you shoot the puck."
Osgood talked about the goal.
"It just curved ... but still, that's no excuse," he said. "I've got to take away that side, no matter what."
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard missed the game because of back spasms and was listed as day to day. The Red Wings recalled Joey MacDonald from their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids to back up Osgood. ... Detroit moved center Kris Draper (hernia surgery) from the short-term injured reserve list to the long-term IR and placed defenseman Brian Rafalski (arthroscopic knee surgery) on short-term IR. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and former Red Wings star Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of hockey business and development, attended the game. ... Yandle's goal was his second in two games. ... Pavel Datsyuk assisted on Holmstrom's goal to reach 600 career points.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: David Banfield, Don VanMassenhoven Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 18,165 (90.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Radim Vrbata (3)
Assist: Petr Prucha
Keith Yandle (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Ray Whitney, Ed Jovanovski
Lauri Korpikoski (1)
Johan Franzen (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Lidstrom
Tomas Holmstrom (2)
Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg