Final

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 15th
Red Wings2Final
Coyotes0
Game 2: Saturday, November 5th
Coyotes4Final
Red Wings1
Game 3: Saturday, March 4th
Red Wings7Final
Coyotes3
Game 4: Tuesday, March 7th
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Red Wings2

Coyotes 4

(7-8-1, 15 pts)

Red Wings 1

(12-2-1, 25 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
ARI 1 2 14
DET 1 0 01

C. Joseph (Coyotes - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .973

C. Osgood (Red Wings - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .893

M. Leclerc (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Phoenix (6-8-1) at Detroit (12-1-1) 7:30 pm EST

Phoenix (6-8-1) at Detroit (12-1-1), 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Unaccustomed to losing this season, the Detroit Red Wings look to rebound from their second defeat of the year when they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

After tying a franchise record by winning nine consecutive games, Detroit lost for the first time since October 10 with Thursday's 4-3 defeat in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers.

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk added a pair of assists for the Red Wings, who have the most victories in the NHL (12) and are tied with Ottawa for the league lead in goals (58).

Despite the loss, Detroit became the fifth team in history to register 25 points in its first 14 games and holds a seven-point edge over Nashville in the Central Division.

Coach Wayne Gretzky has the Coyotes playing better after the team opened the campaign with just 12 goals in losing five of their first six games.

After an especially rugged practice Tuesday, defenseman Paul Mara scored a goal and added two assists to give Phoenix its third win in five games, a 4-0 triumph over Los Angeles on Thursday.

Curtis Joseph posted his second shutout of the season and 45th of his career by stopping 21 shots against Los Angeles. However, he is just 11-17-7 lifetime against Detroit, where he played from 2002-2004.

Although they have lost six of eight on the road, the Coyotes will try to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Red Wings in their last meeting October 15. Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Manny Legace made 23 saves.

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