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Stanley Cup Final

Red Wings off and rolling

Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:58 AM

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

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."

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory