All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.
Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.
Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.
Hockeytown was alive and abuzz as the Red Wings started their quest for a 12th Stanley Cup. The now-traditional inflatable purple octopus greeted fans at Joe Louis Arena, and a few more real ones splattered onto the ice before the first puck drop.
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The Coyotes drew first blood when Ray Whitney
's backhanded dig from the right corner found Kyle Turris
' stick in front of the crease. Phoenix made the 1-0 lead stand through the first intermission and kept the pressure on with five power plays, but Pavel Datsyuk
picked up Johan Franzen
's rebound on a wraparound to even the score 7:38 into the second period. That got the Red Wings going.
Franzen himself jumped on a Keith Yandle
turnover right at the blue line and blasted the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov
to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. Brian Rafalski
then followed with a one-timer from the blue line on a Valtteri Filppula
feed, and the Wings had a 3-1 lead at the second break. Jiri Hudler
added another goal early in the third, making the most of Drew Miller
's lead pass with a top-shelf shot over Bryzgalov. Radim Vrbata
made it 4-2 a little over four minutes later, but the Wings rolled on to take a 1-0 series lead.