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Early Exit from Playoffs Stings Coyotes

Thursday, 04.21.2011 / 9:06 AM MT / Features
By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
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Early Exit from Playoffs Stings Coyotes
GLENDALE -- After pushing Detroit to seven games in the playoffs last year and beefing up their defense through trades during the season, the Phoenix Coyotes were confident for their rematch with the Red Wings.

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But it turned out to be a mismatch -- on every level. When it comes to skill, experience and poise, the Red Wings still own the hat trick. Phoenix was swept out of the playoffs for the first time since moving to Arizona, losing 6-3 in Game 4 on Wednesday night amid a flurry of third-period goals that the Coyotes simply couldn't stop.

"I don't think we took anything for granted against Detroit, but after last year we certainly felt like we had a chance," defenseman Adrian Aucoin said. "We thought we could have played them better. We know we can. Getting swept isn't even in your thoughts. It's miserable."

Phoenix had a glimmer of hope in Game 1, taking a quick lead on a Kyle Turris goal and earning four power-play chances in the first period. But they let the Red Wings off the hook and spent the rest of the series chasing them...

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