Tomas Holmstrom may no longer be playing for the Detroit Red Wings, but the Red Wings power play didn't seem to lose any steam against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
The Red Wings put up three power-play goals (including scores on their first two advantages) to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Obviously, the Red Wings aren't going to be that prolific on the power play during the remaining three games of the regular season (or the playoffs if they make it), but the Red Wings must take an important lesson from the Phoenix game.
Get to the net for deflections.
Sounds easy? Well, the Red Wings haven't thought of it until last night, when it worked twice. Once with the Franzen goal (above) and a second time when Damien Brunner scored in a similar fashion (seen here courtesy of NHL.com).
Detroit has wasted quite a few of their power plays this season, as evidenced by their 15th-ranked power play at 18.5 percent. They need to start getting movement toward the goal in some fashion.
As the Red Wings were largely unsuccessful on the power play in their previous games before Phoenix (0-10 over the previous three games), the Red Wings may have found their go-to move as far as making the power play better is concerned.