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Glendale : AZ : USA | Apr 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM PDT
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Lidstrom high stick to the face @ Coyotes 4-14-2010

The Detroit Red Wings have been on a roll to start the 2011 NHL Playoffs, and tonight they look to parlay their fast start into precious days off before their next series. Scoring 4 goals in each of the 3 victories over the Phoenix Coyotes to start things off, the Wings have turned a lackluster, and often uninspired, second-half of the regular season into the beginnings of a march toward their 12th Stanley Cup title in team history. Detroit has consistenly beaten Coyote's goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov while Wing 'tender Jimmy Howard has been remarkable at times, keeping Phoenix frustrated and hungry for their first win in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Phoenix has fallen behind in each of the first three games of the series. In each they posted a furious rally to test the Red Wing resolve, but the experience of the Wings and the timely play of Howard has kept the Coyotes at bay. Detroit Captain Nicklas Lidstrom played in his 250th career playoff game on Monday night, a milestone made possible due to the Detroit's run of 20 consecutive seasons having made the NHL Playoffs. Second only to Chris Chelios and his 268 playoff appearances, Lidstrom exudes the experience and confidence of a Wing team that seemingly has Phoenix's number this round. Game 5, if necessary, will be at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday night. The Red Wings are hoping they will be resting on that night instead of trying to vanquish a gritty pack of hungry Dogs.

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Phoenix Coyote Captain Shane Doan (R, # 19) takes out a Detroit Red Wing against the boards during playoff action.
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