Coyotes hockey made a return tonight as the Desert Dogs soundly defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. In the past two road games the Coyotes looked lost disheartened and listless. They found their rhythm tonight. Phoenix played a well-rounded game to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 in regulation and earn their first road win of the season. While there won't be much time to celebrate the team played extraordinarily well buzzer to buzzer. Right out of the gate the Coyotes looked fresher than usual. They were faster to the puck and more aggressive in the offensive end. Their persistence paid off when Derek Morris scored his first of the season on a seeing eye slap shot 2:21 into the first. After missing the previous game with an upper body injury the Coyotes appreciated having DMo back. The Desert Dogs also appreciated having Rostislav Klesla back in the lineup too. Since being stretchered out of Jobing.com Arena after a vicious check by Jordan Nolan of the Los Angeles Kings Klesla brought some much needed stability to the defensive corps who were 3 for 3 killing penalties. The Red Wings really only took control of the game for a brief moment in the 2nd period when Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericcson scored within 53 seconds of each other. The Red Wings' lead would only last for about a minute however as Mikkel Boedker got his first goal of the season on a rebound shot that was reminiscent of a Shane Doan OT winner in 2010. Though the Coyotes went into the locker room tied 2-2 they were playing their style of hockey again. They got rewarded big time when Michael Stone uncorked an absolute howitzer of a shot past Jimmy Howard right as a Detroit penalty expired with less than 5 minutes to play in the 3rd. Mike Ribeiro recorded his first point as a Coyote on the play making up for a turnover that led to the 2nd Detroit goal. From there the Coyotes played lock down defense and the Desert Dogs capitalized on a bad offensive zone turnover by Daniel Alfredsson to score an empty netter. Antoine Vermette got a much-deserved tally to close the scoring and seal the game.
Coyotes end early skid with 4-2 win over Red Wings
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