Thoughts on Game 29 (5-4 shot win at Phoenix)
-- Johan Franzen's short-handed goal in the second period was beautiful. Having the smarts and ability to poke check Boedker, take the puck from the air, outrace everyone down ice and beat the netminder is a big-time play. Franzen, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is becoming a must-have player for next season.
-- I'd like to see a replay that shows the entire ice surface, but it looked like Nicklas Lidstrom was part of the problem with the bad line change that led to Phoenix's first goal. While short-handed, Lidstrom put the puck on net instead of dumping it in the Phoenix zone. Not a bad play, especially with him skipping the puck. But Lidstrom followed the play, watching how Bryzgalov handled the long shot. That's fine too, but because the puck went right to the goalie, it was quickly controlled by the Coyotes and headed back up ice. Lidstrom decided to leave the ice. Shane Doan was at the Detroti blue line alone and with Chris Chelios being the first defenseman over the boards, there was no way of catching him. I'd like to have seen Lidstrom either exit immediately or stay on the ice to check the deep man.
-- Chelios didn't look good, but it was just Game 1. It wasn't his conditioning so much as his decision making. Chelios was caught a couple of times, leading to Phoenix opportunities. It'll be interesting to see how many games Chelios gets in. Brett Lebda and Derek Meech were healthy scratches.
-- Chris Osgood just wins. He hasn't lost in regulation since opening night, meaning that he's gone 17 straight starts with the Wings getting at least one point. It's been a very odd season for Osgood. He gives up a soft goal for the Coyotes' go-ahead fourth goal, letting the puck slip past him. But the Wings win anyways. If Osgood gets his game back, he'll have some dynamite won-lost numbers at season's end because he's been winning some he should have lost.