Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Red Wings beat Coyotes for 1-0 series lead

The Detroit Red Wings fell behind soon after the puck dropped and their parade to the penalty box gave the Phoenix 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 first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock is glad he didn't find out what would've happened if the Coyotes converted on any of those chances.

"The game would've been over," Babcock said. "They scored right away and then we got four penalties. ... We weathered the storm."

The rest of the recap here.

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