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Franzen expected to be ready to go

Categories: DET vs. PHO, First Round
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings will be ready to play for the first game of round two.  (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 The Detroit Red Wings took another step closer to a 100 per cent healthy roster Tuesday, as forward Johan Franzen returned to practice.

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Lidstrom only getting better with age

Categories: DET vs. PHO, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes
Wings blue-liner Nicklas Lidstrom has won the Norris Trophy for the NHL’s top defenceman six times in his illustrious career. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
The first time Nicklas Lidstrom performed on Jonathan Ericsson's team, it was Lidstrom's video image while a young Ericsson played NHL 95 as a youngster in his native Sweden. Read more »

Wings rounding into post-season form

Categories: DET vs. PHO
After stumbling down the stretch and finishing 10-9-4 over their last 23 games, the Central Division-leading Wings quickly returned to their winning ways once the post-season got underway.   (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dan Cleary waited a long time to make his point against the Phoenix Coyotes, but when he finally did, it put the final nails into Phoenix's coffin.

Cleary assisted on Niklas Kronwall's game-tying goal, then scored the winner with 6:19 left in the third period, for his first playoff points as Detroit rallied for a 6-3 Game 4 victory Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena. The Wings swept the Coyotes in their Western Conference quarter-final series.

After stumbling down the stretch and finishing 10-9-4 over their last 23 games, the Central Division-leading Wings quickly returned to their winning ways once the post-season got underway. Read more »

Wings' Babcock stresses killer instinct

Categories: DET vs. PHO
Detroit's Patrick Eaves, left, celebrates a goal scored by teammate Ruslan Salei as Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, right, looks on. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)
"Get it over with." That was the message Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock delivered to his players.

Leading 3-0 in their Western Conference quarter-final series and poised to close out the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of the set Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena, Babcock dove into recent history to remind his team of what can happen if they take their foot off the gas pedal. Read more »

Miracle comeback rests with Bryzgalov

Categories: DET vs. PHO
Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, centre, has struggled in the series. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
With a 4.11 goals-against average and an .861 save percentage, the facts of the matter are straightforward: Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov must be better to give Phoenix any chance of making a miraculous comeback in this series.
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Shaky goaltending puts Coyotes on brink

Categories: DET vs. PHO
Detroit's Patrick Eaves, left, celebrates a goal scored by teammate Ruslan Salei as Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, right, looks on. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

The one decided edge the Phoenix Coyotes were supposed to hold over the Detroit Red Wings in their Western Conference quarter-final series was between the posts. But three games into the set, it has yet to emerge, and that's a key reason why the Coyotes find themselves on the brink of being submerged.

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Coyotes need 5-on-5 success

Categories: DET vs. PHO, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes
Coyotes forward Shane Doan (19) has found things difficult while playing five-on-five against the Detroit Red Wings. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)
While the Phoenix's power-play has been the story of the series for the three goals it scored to get the team back into Game 2, and for its first-period failures in Game 1, the Coyotes are of the belief that if they are going to rally from a 2-0 deficit and come back against the Detroit Red Wings in their Western Conference quarter-final series, it's going to take better five-on-five play. Read more »

Coyotes blue-line depth tested

Categories: DET vs. PHO, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes
Ed Jovanovski, seen in Game 1 of the series for Phoenix, has battled injuries in the second half of the season. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Already down 2-0 in their Western Conference quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings, as the Phoenix Coyotes returned home to prepare for Game 3 of the series Monday at Jobing.com Arena, the last thing they needed was more bad news.

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Datsyuk the 'disgusting' in Game 2

Categories: DET vs. PHO, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes have had no answer for Detrot's Pavel Datsyuk, who has five points through two games of the Western playoff series. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

For the second straight game, the Detroit Red Wings overcame themselves to beat the Phoenix Coyotes. And for the second straight game, Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk was the star of the show.

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Players downplay Octopi fuss

Categories: DET vs. PHO, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov wonders what all the octopi fuss is about. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

An eight-legged freak out was the talk of the town on the eve of Saturday night's (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 1 p.m. ET) Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference quarter-final series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

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