In a do or die game for both teams, the Detroit Red Wings put a beat-down on the Phoenix Coyotes who were on home ice last night in Glendale. The 6-1 thumping was the first Game 7 of the 2010 playoffs and the Wings sent a message that had “Championship Caliber” all over it. The game last night looked like a clinic as Detroit scored 4 in the second period and managed to get 50 shots on net for the night. Pavel Datsyuk scored back-to-back goals 1:41 apart early in the 2nd and Niklas Lidstrom added two goals and an assist. The real turning point of this game was when the score was 3-1 in the second period and the Coyotes got a 5 on 3 powerplay but failed to convert resulting in goal by Brad Stuart after coming out of the box for serving his minor penalty. Prior to the goal, the Coyotes seemed like they could get themselves back in to the game with the powerplay opportunity. The 3rd period served to be a formality at that point for Phoenix.
The Red Wings will now travel west to play the San Jose Sharks. Game 1 is tomorrow night.
On tonight’s agenda, the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens will play a Game 7 in DC as the Caps look to avoid a first round upset after capturing the Presidents Trophy as the league’s regular season champs. The game can be seen at 7pm et.