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Wings Open Floodgates on Coyotes

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk had two assists before he left the game Thursday with a lower-body injury. (Photo by Greg Shamus)
It was a first-period, goal-scoring bonanza for the Red Wings, who had 10 different skaters named on the score sheet in Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I think that was one of better periods we played in a long time,” said Todd Bertuzzi, who got the scoring started with his second goal of the season. “I think we were on them, made some great plays and scored a lot of goals.”

It was the Wings’ first five-goal opening period outburst since they jumped on the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 7, 2009. Detroit won that game, 8-3.

Besides Bertuzzi, the Wings got first-period goals by Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wings, owners of the league’s best home record at 11-2-1 this season.

“It's a good win for our team and a good bounce back,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Anytime you lose two in a row you want to bounce back right away. I thought our big players were really skating.''

Wings center Pavel Datsyuk left the game early with a lower-body injury and did not return.

“He left early, we knew he was a bit sore going into the game, didn't get sore or anything like that,” Babcock said. “He'll be fine. We'll probably give him tomorrow off and go from there.”
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