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Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
The Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings will play Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series tonight at Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix will attempt to take a 2-0 series lead after rallying to win Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Coyotes scored three power-play goals and won 3-2.

But that's ancient history.

"We already forgot about it," said Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, who scored the decisive goal early in the third period. "I think we know what we’re in for. It (Game 1) is over and done with. It’s a seven-game series and we know they’re going to come harder in the next game so we’ve got to come harder and sharper.”

Morris’ three-point game was the first three-point performance by a Coyotes player in a playoff game in 10 years. The last Coyotes player to tally three points in a postseason contest was Shane Doan, who registered a goal and two assists on April 13, 2000.

Two of Phoenix's three goals in Game 1 were scored by defensemen.

"We want (the defensemen) involved all the time, and we have some good players,'' Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It's one thing to tell your 'D' to get up on the play, but the other thing is what they do when they get there. Our guys have done a great job.''

Ilya Bryzgalov will be in goal for the Coyotes and Jimmy Howard is expected to be in goal for the Red Wings.

The Coyotes played a physical game in Game 1 and kept Detroit scoreless for the final 43-plus minutes. Phoenix officially outhit Detroit 43-20.

"We realize that's how we're going to have to play," Tippett said. "We don't want to run around crazy to try and be physical. What we want to do is make sure we're playing hard. When we have a chance to finish a check, we have to finish a check, but not finishing a check that's going to take you out of position. I think that's one of the ways we have to play to be successful. We'll continue to be physical."

Detroit forward Johan Franzen was not that impressed by Phoenix's physical play.

"I didn't feel it was that intense at all," Franzen told reporters on Thursday. "I thought (the stat crew) was very nice to them. Every time the fans cheered, they marked it down as a hit."

Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris notched a goal and two assists in Game 1. His goal broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period.
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored a goal in Game 1 and logged 27:50 of ice time. It was the 47th playoff goal of his career.
  • The Coyotes lead the series 1-0. It's the first time the Coyotes/Jets have led a playoff series 1-0 since 1992 when Winnipeg beat Vancouver 3-2 in Game 1 of that series. Before this series, the Coyotes/Jets had trailed 1-0 in their past seven playoff series, including two vs. Detroit in 1996 and 1998.

  • In a move to counter Phoenix's physical play in Game 1, the Red Wings will insert forward Justin Abdelkader into the lineup in place of Jason Williams. Abdelkader, who played in 10 playoff games last season, hasn't played since Jan. 27.

  • Coyotes center Robert Lang, who has not played since March 4 because of a nagging lower-body injury, hopes to return, perhaps as early as tonight. Lang is playoff-tested, having notched 18 goals and 27 assists in 87 career playoff games.

“We’re expecting them to play hard and we’re going to try and match their intensity, and I think it’s going to be a good game.”

Wojtek Wolski

Zbynek Michalek

Derek Morris

  Kirk Maltby
  Robert Lang
  Kurt Sauer
  Scottie Upshall
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 14 '10 DET 2 at PHX 3 D. Morris
Apr 16 '10 DET 7 at PHX 4 H. Zetterberg
Apr 18 '10 PHX 4 at DET 2 P. Prucha
Apr 20 '10 PHX 0 at DET 3 H. Zetterberg
Apr 23 '10 DET 4 at PHX 1 T. Holmstrom
Apr 25 '10 PHX 5 at DET 2 R. Vrbata
Apr 27 '10 DET 6 at PHX 1 P. Datsyuk
H. Zetterberg2303+3011
V. Filppula2213+2010
T. Holmstrom2112+2200
P. Datsyuk2112+1000
J. Franzen2022+2400
T. Bertuzzi2022+1200
N. Kronwall2022+0400
N. Lidstrom2101+1010
J. Abdelkader1101+1200
J. Ericsson2011+2000
B. Stuart2011+1200
B. Rafalski2011+0000
K. Draper2000+1000
A. Lilja2000+0200
P. Eaves2000+0000
D. Cleary2000-2000
D. Miller2000-2000
D. Helm2000-3000
J. Williams1000+0000
J. Howard21-17663.53.894
D. Morris2134-1011
K. Yandle2213+2010
W. Wolski2213-1010
M. Lombardi2123-1000
S. Doan2112+0400
R. Vrbata2011+0200
M. Hanzal2011+0200
V. Fiddler2011-1400
A. Aucoin2000+0400
P. Prucha2000+0000
P. Nokelainen2000+0000
L. Korpikoski2000+0000
D. Winnik2000+0000
T. Pyatt2000-1200
Z. Michalek2000-1000
S. Lepisto2000-1200
L. Stempniak2000-2000
E. Jovanovski2000-4000
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