By Dave Vest GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will try to extend their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Detroit by winning Game 4 tonight at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. (Arizona time).
Phoenix will enter the game trailing Detroit three games to none in the best-of-seven series. Only three NHL teams ever have rallied to win a playoff series after falling behind 3-0. The Coyotes are focused on becoming the fourth.
“We've been able to win games before when we needed to and we need to find a way to win this next one,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said.
The Coyotes are hoping to use energy provided by another “WhiteOut” crowd to their advantage.
“You've got a lot of guys that really want to do well,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “It's one thing wanting to do well and another thing accomplishing your goal. That's where we have to take it to the next step. You have to accomplish winning rather than just hoping to win.”
Ilya Bryzgalov, who has allowed four goals in each of the first three games of this series, will start in goal for the Coyotes.
"We just can't give up," Bryzgalov said. "We just have to step onto the ice and play hard and try to win the game. If we win we're going to stay alive... You never know what's going to happen. Maybe our luck is going to change and we'll get fortunate bounces and will start to win some games. It's a really thin line in hockey. Sometiems we hit the post and pucks go out and sometimes we hit the post and pucks go in... That's why we have to continue to play hard and work hard and try hard."
The Coyotes will play minus defenseman Derek Morris, who is nursing an upper-body injury and has yet to play in this series.
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Detroit will enter the game a confident group having beaten the Coyotes four times in a row in the postseason, dating to Game 7 last year.
Center Pavel Datsyuk is leading the Red Wings with five points and a plus-5 rating in this series.
Goalie Jimmy Howard has outplayed Bryzgalov in the first three games.Howard has stopped .923 percent of the shots he has faced; Bryzgalov has stopped .881 percent.
“Last year (there) was a lot of nervous energy, not knowing what to expect (in the playoffs),” Howard told reporters. “Being able to get that experience under my belt last year was good for me.”
Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg is not expected to play tonight because of a lingering knee injury that has made him a spectator for the first three games.