Red Wings refuse to play dirty

April, 19, 2011
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes seemed intent on trying to physically make a point with the Red Wings in Game 3 on Monday night, Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom in particular taking a couple of big hits.

But the veteran Wings turned the other cheek and refused to get entangled in the nasty stuff.

"We're not doing that. We're just going to play," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock after his team's 4-2 win, which gave his club a 3-0 series lead. "To me, after the whistle is a waste of energy."

"We stayed disciplined, kept our composure even though they got running around," Lidstrom said.

Four lines

Star center Pavel Datsyuk was held off the scoresheet Monday night after terrorizing the Coyotes for five points in the opening two games. The Wings didn't need his offense on this night.

"The depth on our team really helped us tonight," Lidstrom said. "We didn't have to rely on Pav tonight."

Valtteri Filppula's line had two goals, while Darren Helm's unit also had one. It allowed head coach Mike Babcock -- who didn't have a last line change on the road -- to roll his four lines in confidence and not worry as much about avoiding matchups.

"And that's what we did; we weren't concerned at all," Babcock said. "We went Pav first and third [shifts] like we do lots, and they went [Martin] Hanzal first and third. So we knew it was a hard match, but we didn't worry too much about it. We got our people on the ice. I actually thought Helm's line and Fil's line, which you would consider a third or fourth, were our best two lines today. I thought they were all over the puck. That's what good depth is."

Wings' play in net

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard looked sharp in stopping 28 of 30 shots.

"I thought he made two exceptional saves in the first period," Babcock said. "The previous game, he didn't have much work. Tonight, he had more work; it was a tough game for him. They had better traffic at the net. Howie was strong."

Down 3-0

The Coyotes have a huge mountain to climb. Just winning the next game Wednesday night is the only focus, however.

"We don't have a guy in there that's not competing their heart out, trying to find a way to get this done," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. "That's the way we have to come into Wednesday night: Just come out and give everything you've got. Take it one game at a time and see what happens."

Added captain Shane Doan: "We have to win the next one. You win the next one and then you get ready for the one after that."

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