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Coyotes edge Red Wings for rare Motor City win

By Steve Keating

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Phoenix Coyotes jumped out to an early lead and held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Thursday to close out an early-season road trip with a rare win at Joe Louis Arena.

In their previous eight regular season visits to the Motor City going back to 2006, the Coyotes had gone 0-7-1 but ended the drought with a three-goal, first-period burst and solid netminding from Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Russian goaltender stopped 43 shots and was at his best in the second and third periods when the Red Wings bombarded the Phoenix net with 17 shots in both frames.

"It keeps you in the game (facing so many shots) but not that many," Bryzgalov told reporters. "Our defensemen battled hard in front of the net and made it possible for me to see the shots."

Radim Vrbata, Keith Yandle and Lauri Korpikoski all scored in a five-minute span in the opening period to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead.

Korpikoski also added an empty netter during the final minute to clinch the win and halt a three-game losing streak.

Chris Osgood, making his third start of the season in the Detroit net and first at home, needed a period to shake off the rust giving up three soft goals.

But Osgood settled down in the second period and made three quality saves including point-blank stops on Vernon Fiddler and Shane Doan as Detroit claw their way back into the game.

Down 3-0, Detroit stepped up the pressure in the second period outshooting the Coyotes 17-9 but could put only one puck past Bryzgalov, a power-play goal from Johan Franzen.

Detroit pulled another one back early in the third, Tomas Holmstorm jamming home a rebound off a shot from Pavel Datsyuk, who earned an assist on the play to pick up his 600th career point.

But the Wings could not complete the rally losing for the first time in four games.

"Anytime you spot a desperate team three goals you're going to be in trouble," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "I thought we battled and I thought we competed and (Bryzgalov) was real good but we dug too big a hole."

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

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