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).
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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."
• 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."
• 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