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Posted On Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 1:01 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Coyotes already looking ahead

The series opener was a game they'd like to forget, but instead the Coyotes will likely spend the next two days talking to reporters about what went wrong and how to fix it.

Center Andrew Ebbett hopes the experience is inspirational before Phoenix and Detroit meet again on Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena (1 p.m. ET) for Game 2.

"We've got that two-day break, so we've got to sit on it for two days," Ebbett said. "Hopefully that will light a fire under a few guys here and we'll be ready for Saturday afternoon. We've been a road team all year, so we're a confident bunch in here. We feel like we let one slip away tonight."
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Posted On Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 1:00 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Franzen continues playoff heroics

Detroit forward Johan Franzen struggled to score goals through 27 games after he scored five in one game on Feb. 2 against the Ottawa Senators.

The playoffs are a different story.

Franzen has now played 76 playoff games -- nearly a full regular-season equivalent of games -- and added to his numbers with a goal and assist. He now has 36 goals and 70 points in the playoffs with a plus-38 rating.

"You always have something to play for, but it's not the same," he said of the regular season. "We win the games we need to pretty much, but I think lots of guys have been waiting for this night."

Himself included.
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Posted On Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:59 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Zetterberg update

After the game, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked about the progress of injured forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower body, day-to-day).

He said Zetterberg wouldn't practice on Thursday, but it still going to be listed day-to-day while he tries to speed along his recovery off the ice.
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Posted On Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:58 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Red Wings off and rolling

It's becoming cliche to talk about how old and tired the Detroit Red Wings are now, but that's still one of the biggest concerns people have about them competing for the Stanley Cup.

According to 40-year old all-star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, reports of his aging team's demise are being greatly exaggerated -- as evidenced by a 4-2 win on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes to open their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Detroit dominated special teams play with both the man advantage (1-for-3) and killing penalties (6-for-6) and it led to a win despite being outplayed in the game's first 25 minutes.

"We look at the playoffs as being a fresh start," Lidstrom said. "It starts from scratch. That's how we look at it. It's the same for the power play and penalty killing. You start from scratch. You want a good start and we got it."
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Posted On Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:58 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Coyotes keeping spirits high

It was the kind of loss that could really damage a team's psyche, but the Phoenix Coyotes say they won't let that happen after Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

After getting out to a lead just 2:16 into the game on Kyle Turris' first career playoff goal, Phoenix squandered six power plays over the course of the game and couldn't increase the lead despite getting five man-advantage situations in the game's first 25 minutes.

That included a 5-on-3 in the first period for nearly 1:30 which wound up getting the pro-Detroit crowd whipped into a frenzy.

"We had chances and we had shots," Turris said. "It's just something to work on over the next couple days. Come back next game with the same idea -- lots of shots, lots of screens and hopefully get a bounce or two."

Turris said that despite being down by two in the third after Radim Vrbata scored 7:38 into the period, the Coyotes never gave up -- which he found encouraging for Game 2 on Saturday.

"Even when we were down 4-2 in the third, we were all energetic and ready to come back," Turris said. "It's one game in a seven-game series and we're excited to start Game 2 here."
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Posted On Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 2:52 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Detroit still dangerous without Zetterberg

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was asked on Wednesday how the Red Wings not having star forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower body) for Game 1 changes the approach to defending Detroit -- if at all.

He pointed to the Red Wings' scoring depth -- seven players other than Zetterberg with more than 15 goals scored -- and said the 'Yotes can't relax just because one star is missing.

"They have some pretty good players even though Zetterberg's out," Tippett said. "If we think we're going to have it any easier, we're wrong. Zetterberg is an excellent player. That goes without saying. But they have good depth on their club. They're still a very good team."
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Posted On Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 2:48 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

Coyotes Morris out for Game 1

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said veteran defenseman Derek Morris would miss the quarterfinal series opener against Detroit on Wednesday night with an upper body injury and is day-to-day for a return.

Morris, who had five goals and 16 points in 77 games, spent a lot of time on the blue line with Keith Yandle this season. That means Tippett will be forced to find a comparable partner to pair with his offensive star in the top pairing.

Joining the active lineup will either be 23-year old David Schlemko (4 G, 14 points) or 19-year old rookie Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1 G, 11 points).
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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic