By Dave Vest
The Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings will play Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series tonight at Jobing.com 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.''
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."