GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What started well ended sloppily for the Detroit Red Wings as they wrapped up their series with the Coyotes.
Four straight goals against left the Wings nursing a 5-2 loss Saturday night at Jobing. com Arena, ending a four-game winning streak.
Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi gave the Wings a quick two-goal lead, which Antoine Vermette and Mike Ribeiro erased by early in the third period. Martin Hanzal scored Phoenix's third straight goal after Henrik Zetterberg's attempt to get the puck out of his zone failed because a linesman got in the way of Zetterberg's chip attempt up the boards.
Blame for the fourth goal went mostly to Brendan Smith, who got caught up high as Ribeiro scored his second of the night with 6:46 to go. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith sent the puck the length of the ice for an empty-net goal with a second remaining.
Brendan Smith was on for three goals against, not a good night for a guy who only made it back into the lineup because of an injury.
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall sat out the game because of a concussion suffered when he was hit from behind Thursday at Colorado, but he is expected back within days.
The Coyotes were the team that so dominated on faceoffs 10 days ago at Joe Louis Arena the loss left the Wings embarrassed. Everything went much better at the start this night, at least, especially when Henrik Zetterberg went into the left corner to dig out the puck, threading it to Datsyuk in the right circle. Datsyuk delivered a sliding wrister for his fifth goal of the season.
Bertuzzi followed up some three minutes later, forcing a turnover from Zbynek Michalek at Phoenix's blue line, then turning around and wheeling into the low slot to make it 2-0 eight minutes after the opening puck drop
Jimmy Howard returned to action after not starting three games because of a bruised left hand. He looked especially good on an early Coyotes power play, and ended up making 16 saves total in the first period, as the Wings continued a bad trend of giving up too many shots.
Detroit's penalty killers left the Coyotes scoreless through two opportunities early in the second period, and Howard made the stop when Shane Doan was awarded a penalty shot just before four minutes had lapsed. The Coyote din't get nearly the same pressure on Howard as they did in the first period, but managed to halve Detroit's lead in the final minute of the period, when Antoine Vermette completed a rush by beating Howard glove-side after getting.
The Wings took on a Coyotes team that had played the previous night on the road, something that usually catches up to skaters. It was the Wings, though, who looked tired at times in the third period, twice icing the puck to buy breathing room. That paid off to Phoenix's advantage when Mike Ribeiro won a faceoff against Joakim Andersson and then converted Mikel Boedker's rebound to tie the game with 15 minutes to go, and from there, the Coyotes feasted.
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