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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Detroit Red Wings 4

By Associated Press
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk notched a goal and two assists in the first period, and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Saturday in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Joe Louis Arena.

Datsyuk added another assist early in the second period for his first career four-point game in the playoffs. Brian Rafalski, Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit, and Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists.

Shane Doan scored twice for Phoenix, which nearly rallied from a 4-0 deficit thanks to a suddenly potent power play. Doan also added an assist for a three-point game. Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle also had three points - all assists.

The Red Wings lead the best-of-seven series two games to none. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

"They did their job at home," said forward Radim Vrbata, who scored Phoenix's first goal. "We have to do ours in our building."

Detroit's Johan Franzen had his 13-game postseason point streak snapped. He left early in the first after crashing into the boards. Franzen lost his balance just before being hit by Doan. He came back in the second period with a bandage on his forehead. No penalty was called on Doan when Franzen was hurt, and Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock said none was warranted.

"Franzen toe-picked, and Doan kind of bumped him," Babcock said. "In my opinion, no penalty."

Detroit scored two power-play goals in the first period. Datsyuk contributed the first on a wrist shot through traffic with 9:18 left. Then Rafalski made the score 2-0 with a shot from just inside the blue line.

Helm's goal, scored moments after a nifty move/shot by Datsyuk, put Detroit ahead 3-0 with 59 seconds left in the first period (see KEY MOMENT below).

Photo by Getty Images.
Early in the second, Datsyuk stick-handled free in the slot and shot wide, but Holmstrom tipped in Valtteri Filppula's shot seconds later to make the score 4-0.

"It's fun to watch him but not fun to play against him," Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said of Datsyuk. "He makes the game look easy, he's so good. It has to be a collective five-guy unit to take care of him. One or two guys, he's going to embarrass them."

The Coyotes nearly came back by scoring three power-play goals - they had gone 0 for 6 with the advantage in the opening game. Vrbata scored with 12:58 left in the second, and Doan set up in front of Howard and backhanded in a rebound to cut the deficit to 4-2 with 14:11 to play in the third.

Detroit then took a pair of quick penalties, giving Phoenix a two-man advantage. The Red Wings almost killed it off, but Doan scored from just above the slot with 11:23 to play to make the score 4-3.

Detroit showed more discipline after that and held on to win its 55th straight playoff game when scoring at least four goals.

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

Detroit led 2-0 when forward Pavel Datsyuk poked the puck past Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle in the neutral zone and skated in on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. His tricky, between-the-legs shot from close range was saved, but Detroit's Darren Helm was there for an easy goal on the rebound.

"I am maybe trying to do too much. It was a stupid thing. It worked, though," Datsyuk said. "I go one-on-one, sometimes I like to use it sometimes between the legs. Maybe next time, I try more easy way to score."

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.

 

Jovanovski
• Defenseman Ed Jovanovski suffered an upper-body injury in the second period after being hit into the boards by Red Wings forward Darren Helm. Jovanovski left the ice and did not return to the game. Afterward, Head Coach Dave Tippett said Jovanovski was day-to-day. Helm was called for boarding on the play.

• Head Coach Dave Tippett ended his post-game press conference by praising captain Shane Doan for rallying the Coyotes from a 4-0 deficit. "That's who he is," Tippett said. "He's a dominant player when he plays like that and he got rewarded with (two) goals. I just wish some of the other guys on our team would take the lead from that and jump in as hard as he does."

• The Coyotes outshot the Red Wings, 33-31, and had much better success on power plays (3-for-7) than they did in Game 1. 

• Defenseman Michal Rozsival delivered a team-high six hits and blocked a team-high three shots.

• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27 of 31 shots, including all 10 he faced in the third period when the Coyotes made a game of it.

• The Coyotes won only 36 percent of the 59 faceoffs.

• Defenseman Derek Morris missed the game because of an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day. Morris also missed Game 1.

• The Coyotes' next game is Game 3 on Monday at 7:30 p.m. (Arizona time) at Jobing.com Arena. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and Versus, and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
 
"There's no quit in our group, that's for sure... We've just got to play like we did in the third period tonight and we'll be OK." "No series starts until you lose that first one at home... We have to get it to 2-1, and we have to defend home ice and turn it into a short series." "We kept our composure and stayed with it. We really played well after they scored their third goal."
Yandle Doan Lidstrom
 
Datsyuk
Doan
Holmstrom
 
  • Game 1: DET 4, PHX 2
  • Game 2: DET 4, PHX 3
  • Game 5: Friday*
 
• Game 7: April 27*
  • Game 3: Monday
  • Game 4: Wednesday
 
• Game 6: April 24*
  * if necessary
scoring summary
1st Period
10:42
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (2) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (1), Todd Bertuzzi (1)
1 - 0 DET
15:50
DET
PPG - Brian Rafalski (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1), Tomas Holmstrom (2)
2 - 0 DET
19:01
DET
Darren Helm (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Nicklas Lidstrom (2)
3 - 0 DET
2nd Period
01:11
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (1) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (2), Pavel Datsyuk (3)
4 - 0 DET
07:02
PHX
PPG - Radim Vrbata (2) ASST: Shane Doan (2), Keith Yandle (1)
4 - 1 DET
3rd Period
05:49
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (1) ASST: Martin Hanzal (2), Keith Yandle (2)
4 - 2 DET
08:37
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (2) ASST: Keith Yandle (3), Radim Vrbata (1)
4 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
05:35
PHX
Mikkel Boedker  Interference against  Patrick Eaves
09:59
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Roughing against  Daniel Cleary
09:59
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Daniel Cleary
09:59
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Martin Hanzal
13:06
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Interference against  Lee Stempniak
13:36
PHX
Ray Whitney  Interference against  Kris Draper
15:23
PHX
Michal Rozsival  Slashing against  Justin Abdelkader
2nd Period
06:46
DET
Daniel Cleary  Elbowing against  Eric Belanger
07:52
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Cross checking against  Tomas Holmstrom
07:55
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Interference against  Martin Hanzal
11:05
DET
Darren Helm  Boarding against  Ed Jovanovski
18:31
PHX
Shane Doan  Roughing against  Johan Franzen
18:31
DET
Johan Franzen  Roughing against  Shane Doan
3rd Period
05:27
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Slashing against  Kyle Turris
06:38
DET
Johan Franzen  Cross checking against  Adrian Aucoin
06:47
DET
Darren Helm  Interference against  Martin Hanzal
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 31TOI: 58:58
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
2-0-0
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
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