NHL - Coyotes force decider, Canucks advance

Reuters - Sun, 25 Apr 23:08:00 2010

The Phoenix Coyotes stormed to a 5-2 road victory over the Detroit Red Wings, using a solid team performance to force a deciding Game Seven in their Western Conference first round playoff series.

hoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (L) of Russia and defenseman Sami Lepisto celebrate - 0

Five different players scored for the Coyotes and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves to send the best-of-seven series back to Arizona for Tuesday's decider, where the home team can advance to the second round for a first time since moving to Phoenix.

"Anytime you can compete in a Game Seven, that's like the pinnacle right there," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.

"I'm sure our team will be charged up. Home-ice advantage is only good if it comes down to Game Seven, and we've worked awful hard to get home ice."

Facing elimination with a defeat, Lauri Korpikoski opened the scoring for the visitors at 4:10 in the first period and Mathieu Schneider gave the Coyotes a 2-0 early lead in the second.

Brad Stuart pulled one back for the Red Wings almost immediately before Radim Vrbata and Wojtek Wolski secured a winning margin for Phoenix with a goal apiece in the second half of the period.

Taylor Pyatt's tip-in at 5:25 in the third extended the advantage to 5-1 before Darren Helm added a final goal for Detroit with 3:31 remaining.

The two-time defending Western Conference champion Red Wings had won the previous two games by a combined score of 7-1 to take control of the series but could lose in the opening round for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

In Los Angeles, the Vancouver Canucks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs with a 4-2 victory.

Trailing 2-1 through two periods, Kevin Bieksa tied the contest at 1:57 in the third, Daniel Sedin converted the go-ahead goal with 2:03 to go and Alexandre Burrows added the topper as the Canucks took the best-of-seven series 4-2.

Roberto Luongo made 30 saves to lead Vancouver into the second round, where they will face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Nashville Predators.

The Kings took an early advantage when Alexander Frolov opened the scoring at 10:08 in the first and after Steve Bernier tied the game on a power-play, Drew Doughty put the home side back on top with a slap shot at 15:57 in the second.

The advantage was short-lived, however, and once Vancouver had tied the contest early in the third, the visitors used that momentum to carry them into the next round.

Reuters

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