The Phoenix Coyotes were left with little to do but tip their hats to Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk on Saturday afternoon. While they threatened with a couple of late power-play goals, Datsyuk pretty much had wrapped up Detroit's victory in the first period and tied a ribbon around it in the second.

Datsyuk's four-point performance gave the Wings a 4-3 victory at Joe Louis Arena and a 2-0 lead as the best-of-seven series shifts to the desert for Games 3 and 4.

Datsyuk had a goal and three assists in a career playoff game.

"It's disgusting," Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle said. "It's fun to watch him but not fun to play against him. He makes the game look easy, he's so good. It has to be a collective five-guy unit to take care of him. One or two guys, he's going to embarrass them."

Datsyuk put on a particularly dazzling display when he shot the puck through his legs to set up the third goal.

"Tonight he was the best player in the league," Phoenix's Ray Whitney said. "He probably could have had three or four tonight himself. He's fun to watch but when you're on the other side you don't like to watch it too much."

Datsyuk's dominance with the puck took on added importance after Shane Doan scored twice on power plays in the third period. The Wings had built a 4-0 lead on goals from Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski, Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom before Radim Vrbata scored on a power play at 7:02 of the second period. Doan's second goal came at the tail end of a 1:51 two-man advantage.

What the series has come down to, so far, is special teams. The Wings' penalty kill won them Game 1 by going 6-for-6, and the Coyotes nearly rallied in Game 2 by going 3-for-7 on the power play.