Alright, as the Wings are now on the brink of being on the brink of elimination (read it again, it makes sense), I thought it was time to bring out the heavy artillery.
The Crystal Ball has been a deceptive divination device in the past, but, despite being foggy on the details, it's apparent good luck for the Red Wings.
I've given three Crystal Ball predictions and, though I've been right about the game's outcome only twice, each time the ball appears, the Wings win a game.
Seriously. Check out my archive , the Wings are 3-0 when the Crystal Ball comes out!
So, as before, I'm going to give you a pre-analysis of tonight's game, the final score, and name the game-winning goal scorer.
As always, I encourage you to look deep into the Crystal Ball and post what it reveals to you!
Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2
The first period of Game Four starts much like the first of Game One.
The Wings come out flying. They look sharp. They look ready to play, and begin peppering Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov with shots.
In fact, Detroit's color-man Mickey Redmond exclaims, "That's the way to get 'er goin' boys!"
Things look like they're going to be all right.
Until Detroit is called for a penalty and puts the Yotes on the power-play.
Keith Yandle scores for Phoenix and puts the Wings down, 1-0.
They recover nicely, don't seem rattled and get a power-play of their own. Despite some good looks, they don't capitalize and go into the first intermission down a goal.
The second period starts and Phoenix is now the aggressor, testing Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard early and often.
However, a turnover by Phoenix sends Detroit the other way and a Patrick Eaves wrist shot gets the Wings on the board.
The building erupts and the Wings have new life.
But, Phoenix isn't deterred and the rest of the period turns into a grudge match, with neither team making a difference on the scoreboard.
The third period starts, and the Wings are blessed with an early power play.
Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point is deflected by Dan Cleary in front of the net and the Wings go up 2-1.
Midway through the period, Henrik Zetterberg, on a give and go with Todd Bertuzzi, fires a shot on Bryzgalov that he deflects. But the puck is a bit too far out of his reach and, under heavy coverage, Bertuzzi manages to get his stick on the puck and stuff it past Bryzgalov.
With just over a minute left in the game, Phoenix pulls their goaltender for the extra man and, as a result, Daniel Winnik puts one past Jimmy Howard, getting the Yotes within a goal.
They press hard all through the dying seconds of the game, but never manage to tie it up.
The game ends 3-2 Wings with Bertuzzi's goal standing up as the game winner.
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