Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Live Score, Updates & Analysis

Isaac SmithAnalyst IApril 22, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 04:  Rob Klinkhammer #36 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at Arena on April 4, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 4-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings battled the Phoenix Coyotes in a game that both teams hope will move them closer to playoff contention.

The Coyotes got behind the eight-ball early and couldn't find their way out.

Behind three power-play goals from the Red Wings and a solid penalty kill, the Red Wings dominated the Coyotes on special teams.

Detroit took the lead on an early power-play goal by Johan Franzen. Franzen redirected a Damien Brunner point shot past Mike Smith.

Detroit raised their lead to 2-0 on another power play goal. This time, Brunner took a nice pass from Henrik Zetterberg who hit him, while cutting to the goal.

Phoenix has outshot Detroit by a wide margin, but it is the power play that has done the damage for the Red Wings in this one. In the second period, Valtteri Filppula took a quick cross-body pass from Henrik Zetterberg and one-timed it past Mike Smith on the short side. Johan Franzen added an empty-net goal in the third period to salt this one away for the Red Wings.

Phoenix just couldn't find any puck luck tonight; Jimmy Howard picked up his fourth shutout of the season with a phenomenal effort in between the pipes for the Red Wings.

Final score: Detroit Red Wings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 0.