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by Monica McAlister on 10/10/13 at 10:23 PM ET
In case you missed it there is a staffing change up tonight here on The Malik Report as George was busy and thus I have stepped in.
The Coyotes are in Detroit as the Red Wings have their first Western Conference match up since moving to the East with the new alignment.
It would not take long for Henrik Zetterberg to put the puck off the the cross bar in a close call.
Seeing Zetterberg come close for an early lead Phoenix would rally and Derek Morris would put a slap shot past Jimmy Howard to give the visiting team the first year of the night.
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Coincidental roughing minors would be called on Phoenix/Arizona's Kyle Chipchura and Detroit's Justin Abdelkader and 4-on-4 pay would result with neither team notching an additional point.
Later it would be Abdelkader with a quick chance on Smith only to be denied.
How Swede the Second period would start for the Red Wings at Joakim Andersson would net his first of the season as he put a wrist shot past Smith only to have Jonathan Ericsson follow it up less than a minute later with an unassisted goal to give Detroit the 2-1 lead over the Coyotes.
Mikkel Boedker would tip-in a shot on Howard only to see the puck get kicked out of the crease but remain in play just to get back to Boedker for the game tying goal.
Third period would see Steven Weiss called for tripping and Detroit would start tripping over themselves.
A hard shot on the Coyotes net would see a puck hit Smith in the wrist area but stay in the game though having it examined during the TV time out. Michael Stone would put a slap shot past Jimmy Howard to give Phoenix the lead late in the third.
Daniel Alfredsson would lose his footing and take a tumble late in the third as he was trying to guard against Antoine Vermette whom would put the puck in an empty net after the spill and cement the win for the visiting Coyotes over the Red Wings 4-2.
Both teams are now 2-2 on the season.
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