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Stanley Cup Final

Coyotes keeping spirits high

Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:58 AM

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

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."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery