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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 7:02 PM

By Associated Press
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings fell behind soon after the puck dropped and their early parade to the penalty box gave the Coyotes a chance to build a big lead.

Phoenix failed and Detroit took advantage.

Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored midway through the second period to put the Red Wings ahead after they killed four penalties in the first, and Detroit beat Phoenix, 4-2, on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series at Joe Louis Arena.

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett lamented the missed opportunities in the opening period, especially a five-on-three power play that lasted 91 seconds.

"That was the difference in the game," Tippett said.

Brian Rafalski and Jiri Hudler added to the lead, and Jimmy Howard finished with 26 saves for the third-seeded Red Wings.

Kyle Turris scored 2:16 in to put Phoenix ahead in his playoff debut. Radim Vrbata had a goal midway through the third period to pull the sixth-seeded Coyotes within two goals, but they couldn't get any closer.

Ilya Bryzgalov, who had 32 saves, stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period but gave up three goals on 17 shots in the second.

Phoenix will get its next chance Saturday before the series shifts to Arizona.

"Hopefully it's a kick in the pants for us and hopefully we can come back in Game 2 and get a win," Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said. "We try not to get too frustrated (in the power play). We moved it around pretty well. We just didn't get to score. We've just got to simplify things and get pucks to the net and get guys in front of the net."

The Red Wings lost their postseason opener last year at Phoenix, but advanced with a Game 7 win there. They got off to a better start this time in large part because of the penalty-killing - including a two-man disadvantage.

Photo by Getty Images.
The Red Wings seemed to get energized when Datsyuk tied the score 1-1 at 7:38 of the second. He scored on a wraparound off an assist from Franzen, who then netted a go-ahead goal 4 1/2 minutes later on a wrist shot from just inside the blue line.

Franzen, who scored in just two games over the last two months of the regular season, produced as he usually does in the playoffs. He has at least a point in 13 games since being scoreless in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup finals.

Rafalski made the score 3-1 with 1:44 left in the second on the power play after keeping the puck in the Phoenix end along the left boards with his glove. He made a cross-ice pass to Valtteri Filppula, and then got the puck back for a one-timer.

Another subtle play put Detroit ahead 4-1 in the third when Jonathan Ericsson knocked Michal Rozsival off the puck near the red line. Drew Miller passed the loose puck off the boards up the ice to a hustling Hudler, who scored from the bottom of the left circle.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
 

Leading 1-0, the Coyotes could not score a goal during a five-on-three power play that lasted 91 seconds in the first period. 

Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock was glad the Coyotes failed to convert.

"The game would've been over," Babcock said. "...We weathered the storm."

 

• Forwards Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker, and defenseman David Schlemko all played in their first Stanley Cup Playoffs game on Wednesday. Turris scored a goal on his first shot.

• Defenseman Rostislav Klesla and Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi fought briefly midway through the second period.

• Captain Shane Doan led all players with eight hits.

• Center Vernon Fiddler won nine of 11 faceoffs.

• Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris missed the game because of an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

• The Coyotes' next game is Game 2 on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Arizona time) at Joe Louis Arena. The game can be seen on NBC and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
 
"Once they got the momentum in the second period, we couldn't get it back. We hung around, but we're going to have to be much better. Our puck movement wasn't good enough." "It's one game. Obviously, no one is happy about it. We had our opportunities in the first period and we didn't capitalize on it... and then they came out and had a couple of opportunities that they did capitalize on." "I think it (the win) was very important for us. Things haven't been going well for us at home down the stretch. It's something that we needed to change."
Tippett Doan Howard
 
Franzen
Howard
Datsyuk
 
  • Game 1: DET 4, PHX 2
  • Game 2: April 16
  • Game 5: April 22*
 
• Game 7: April 27*
  • Game 3: April 18
  • Game 4: April 20
 
• Game 6: April 24*
  * if necessary
scoring summary
1st Period
02:16
PHX
Kyle Turris (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (1), Shane Doan (1)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
07:38
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Johan Franzen (1), Tomas Holmstrom (1)
1 - 1 Tie
12:02
DET
Johan Franzen (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 DET
18:16
DET
PPG - Brian Rafalski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
03:16
DET
Jiri Hudler (1) Snap shot - ASST: Drew Miller (1)
4 - 1 DET
07:38
PHX
Radim Vrbata (1) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Hanzal (1), Lauri Korpikoski (1)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
07:53
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
08:22
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Shane Doan
11:32
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking against  Martin Hanzal
12:54
PHX
David Schlemko  Slashing against  Darren Helm
18:49
DET
Darren Helm  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
2nd Period
04:12
DET
Patrick Eaves  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
05:30
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Holding the stick against  Brad Stuart
10:44
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Bertuzzi
10:44
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Fighting (maj) against  Rostislav Klesla
16:54
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Tomas Holmstrom
3rd Period
08:16
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Interference against  Shane Doan
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 36TOI: 58:31
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 2 - 2
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
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