Coyotes triumph over Red Wings in Game 1 of Western Conference series

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Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan (19) keeps his eye on the puck as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski (28) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan (19) keeps his eye on the puck as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski (28) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Derek Morris broke a tie early in the third period and assisted on two other power-play goals in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference series Wednesday night.

Keith Yandle and Wojtek Wolski also scored, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 38 saves to help the Coyotes win a playoff game for the first time since April 20, 2002, the last year they were in the postseason.

Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom scored for the Red Wings.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard lost in regulation for the first time since March 9.

The Coyotes are the better seed in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 first-round matchup, but lack the postseason experience of the Red Wings, in the playoffs for the 19th straight year.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings
• Game 1: Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Broadcast on 3TV, Versus on cable
• Game 2: Friday, 7 p.m. 
• Game 3: Sunday, 12 p.m.
• Game 4: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
• Game 5*: Friday (4/23), 7 p.m.
• Game 6*: Sunday (4/25), 11 a.m.
• Game 7*: Tuesday (April 27), TBD
* If necessary
 

* Check out the game forecast for the Coyotes v Red Wings match-up.