The fifth-seeded Detroit Red Wings defeat the fourth-seeded Phoenix Coyotes in Game 7 of the first round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Without any scoring action in the first period, the Red Wings kicked things off in the second period with a Pavel Datsyuk power-play goal.
Only one minute and 41 seconds later, Datsyuk scored another. He and the Wings had many scoring opportunities throughout the game.
The second period included more than just two Datsyuk goals. In addition, Phoenix center Vernon Fiddler scored the Coyotes first goal of the game. With a total of nine penalties in the period, four committed by the Coyotes, the Wings took advantage by scoring yet another power-play goal. Nicklas Lidstrom scored the goal with assists from Valtteri Filppula and Hendrik Zetterberg. Detroit's Brad Stuart also scored a goal in the period, this one coming shorthanded.
After the horn, the Detroit Red Wings led 4-1.
In the third period, the Coyotes never got a chance. The Wings continued to take every advantage possible. Todd Bertuzzi scored his first of the game while Lidstrom scored one more, putting the Wings up 6-1.
The Wings will take Round 2 into San Jose. San Jose beat the Colorado Avalanche in a best-of-seven series 4-2. The Sharks are the number one seed.
Final STATSShots on goalRed Wings: 49