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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes are down, not daunted.

The Detroit Red Wings scored four straight goals to beat Phoenix 4-2 Wednesday night, looking like the NHL powerhouse they've been for much of the past two decades.

"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. "You want to get two wins when you come on the road, but if you split that's a successful trip."

The Red Wings have other plans after being pushed to a Game 7 last year against the same team, planning to play with a sense of urgency Saturday at home to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round rematch.

"That's what we talked about this morning," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Thursday after an optional practice. "What happens is when one team loses, they get better, and sometimes the other team is so busy pumping their own tires that they don't get better.

"We've got to be better if we're going to win. The urgency goes up as the series goes on and the playoffs go on."

Detroit's leading scorer, Henrik Zetterberg, skated Thursday morning for the first time since injuring his left knee last week. Zetterberg said he's still day to day, adding that how he feels Friday will be an important factor in his comeback.

"It was definitely fun to be out there," he said. "I didn't expect that a few days ago - even though I didn't do basically anything out there."

Derek Morris, one of Phoenix's top defensemen, didn't skate Thursday and is listed as day to day with an upper body injury.

The Coyotes won two of three games in Detroit last year, but lost their last two at home to extend the franchise's playoff futility.

Phoenix's franchise hasn't advanced out of the first round since 1987, when it was the Winnipeg Jets.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, have been in 20 straight postseasons - the longest active streak in North America's four major leagues - and have won four Stanley Cups.

Detroit would need to win 15 more playoff games to win the title in two months, but that looks like more of a possibility than it did toward the end of a relatively lackluster regular season.

In Game 1, it seemed as if the Red Wings flipped a switch to suddenly start playing better.

"They were awake in my meeting the other day," Babcock said. "It's totally different. That's what makes it exciting and that's what makes older gentleman younger."

Two weeks away from his 41st birthday, Detroit defenseman Nick Lidstrom agreed.

"We look at the playoffs as being a fresh start," he said. "It's start from scratch."

The Red Wings got off to a strong start in their postseason opener in large part because they killed four penalties in the first period - including a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 91 seconds - and appeared to frustrate the goaltender at the other end of the ice.

"When we have our chances, we don't even hit the net," Ilya Bryzgalov said. "That's the difference."

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett thinks he and his staff figured out the team's problem when it had a one- and two-man advantage.

"You could tell our guys were a little anxious," Tippett said. "We told our guys to calm down, make the plays we normally make."

scoring summary
1st Period
Kyle Turris (1) ASST: Ray Whitney (1), Shane Doan (1)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Pavel Datsyuk (1) ASST: Johan Franzen (1), Tomas Holmstrom (1)
1 - 1 Tie
Johan Franzen (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 DET
PPG - Brian Rafalski (1) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
Jiri Hudler (1) ASST: Drew Miller (1)
4 - 1 DET
Radim Vrbata (1) ASST: Martin Hanzal (1), Lauri Korpikoski (1)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Valtteri Filppula  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Shane Doan
Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking against  Martin Hanzal
David Schlemko  Slashing against  Darren Helm
Darren Helm  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
2nd Period
Patrick Eaves  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
Martin Hanzal  Holding the stick against  Brad Stuart
Rostislav Klesla  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi  Fighting (maj) against  Rostislav Klesla
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Tomas Holmstrom
3rd Period
Justin Abdelkader  Interference against  Shane Doan
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 36TOI: 58:31
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 2 - 2
Jimmy Howard
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
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