Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/23/14
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The Detroit Red Wings’ 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night most certainly represented the best first period and, maybe predictably, middling second and third periods the Wings played because, despite the Wings’ fantastic, five-goal first period, it essentially devolved into a forty-minute exercise in clock-killing for the Wings, to the point that Joe Louis Arena was maybe half full by the time the Coyotes gave the Wings a bit of a scare in the third period. Hell, it’s entirely possible that, if you missed the news about Pavel Datsyuk being taken out of the game for precautionary reasons (Wings coach Mike Babcock insisted that Datsyuk was simply “sore” going into the game, and would be fine) and didn’t suffer from a serious case of Wings fan injury neurosis (where’s Jobu when you need him?), you turned the game off somewhere between the halfway mark and the ten-minute mark of the third period, too, and I can’t blame you for saying, “Okay, I’m not going to raise m...
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