Coyotes Take Down The Red Wings In Motown, 4-2

The Phoenix Coyotes ended a three-game winless streak with a bang, securing a 4-2 victory over the rival Red Wings in Detroit. The Doggies end their road swing with a 1-1-1 record and a little self-confidence.

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Korpikoski Leads Coyotes To 4-2 Road Win Over Red Wings

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Lauri Korpikoski’s first goal capped a three- goal first period as the Phoenix Coyotes held on for a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Keith Yandle and Radim Vrbata also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who had lost six of seven coming into the contest. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 43 shots in the win.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom each tallied for the Red Wings, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Chris Osgood bounced back from a rough start, but still got the loss in a 32-save effort.

Trailing by two to start the third, the Red Wings cut it to one 3:56 in as Pavel Datsyuk had two whacks at the puck from the low left circle, both of which Bryzgalov stopped, but Holmstrom was there to bang home the rebound.

Bryzgalov bore down from there and was able to make the stops and keep the Red Wings from evening the score with Korpikoski’s empty-netter in the final minute sealing the win.

It was all Phoenix in the first period as the team scored three times to take a 3-0 lead.

The first goal came seven minutes in when Vrbata skated in on a breakaway, deked to the backhand and slid the puck past a sprawled-out Osgood for his third goal of the season.

The next came less than two minutes later when Yandle took a pass at the right circle, held the puck for several seconds then wristed a shot over the left shoulder of Osgood for a power-play goal.

Skating shorthanded, Korpikoski’s wrister on the fly from the left circle sailed past Osgood with 8:04 left in the first.

Detroit got one back on the power play with under seven minutes to play in the second when a shot from the left point by Jiri Hudler was redirected into the net by Franzen to make it a 3-1 game.

Game Notes

The Coyotes host Tampa Bay on Saturday…Detroit hosts the Predators on Saturday…Detroit took a 2-1 win in overtime at Phoenix on October 16…Phoenix was 1-for-5 on the power play while Detroit was 1-for-6.


Red Wings Again? Coyotes Finish Off Road Trip In Detroit, 4:00 P.M. AZT

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings have been playing great hockey to start the 2010-11 season and will aim for a fourth straight victory tonight when they welcome the struggling Phoenix Coyotes for a battle at Joe Louis Arena.

Tonight's game marks the first in Detroit between the Red Wings and Coyotes since Game 6 of last year's Western Conference quarterfinal's series, which Phoenix won by a 5-2 score. However, Detroit was able to win Game 7 on the road, ending Phoenix's 2010 playoff run with a 6-1 rout.

The Red Wings visited the Coyotes in Phoenix on Oct. 16 and recorded a 2-1 overtime win on Niklas Kronwall's goal with 18 seconds left in the extra session. Detroit has points in each of its last seven regular-season meetings with the Coyotes, going 5-0-2. Phoenix has just three wins in its last 13 regular-season trips to the Motor City.

Detroit has just one regulation loss in seven games (5-1-1) this season and picked up its third straight victory with a dramatic 5-4 win over visiting Anaheim on Saturday. Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winner with 11.4 seconds remaining in regulation, as the Red Wings snuck past the Ducks, 5-4, at Joe Louis Arena.

With time winding down, Datsyuk controlled the puck at the left circle. He made a move past an Anaheim player before firing a wrister past Curtis McElhinney.

Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and two assists for the Red Wings, who also got goals from Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to improve to 4-0-1 on the year.

"We needed the points and we got them," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I thought we played good in the first period, we stood around for the first 10 minutes of the second and let them get back into it. You can't do that in this league, but we got lucky there."

Detroit is playing the third test of a four-game homestand tonight and has yet to lose in regulation at the Joe this year, going 3-0-1.

The Coyotes have won just twice in eight contests (2-3-3) this year and have dropped three in a row since their last victory against Los Angeles on Oct. 21. Phoenix lost in overtime in its first two setbacks during this skid, but was unable to record a point in Tuesday's blowout loss in Ottawa. Alex Kovalev scored twice and added an assist to lead the Senators to the easy 5-2 win.

Sami Lepisto and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes and Jason LaBarbera was pulled from just his second start of the year. LaBarbera allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting yanked after one period in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped 14-of-16 shots the rest of the way.

"Our consistency hasn't been what it needs to be. So it's certainly something that has to be addressed," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippet said.

Phoenix, which is completing a three-game road trip today, is 1-2-1 as the visiting team this year.

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