BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 4: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with Ian White #18, Henrik Zetterberg #40 and Jiri Hudler #26 during a NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on December 2, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Red Wings Vs. Coyotes: Detroit Scores 5 First Period Goals In 5-2 Win

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Red Wings Vs. Coyotes Final Score: Detroit Uses 5 First Period Goals To Get Back Into Win Column

Riding low a two game losing streak, the Red Wings came out flying high against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night at the Joe. 

Just over two minutes into the game, the Red Wings took a 2-0 lead behind goals by Todd Bertuzzi (2) and Valterri Filppula (9). They would score another pair of goals within a minute and a half later in the period on goals by Tomas Holmstrom (5) and Darren Helm (4) to make it 4-0. Jiri Hudler netted the fifth goal of the period with under a minute to play in the first. 

Detroit and Phoenix put the same number of shots on net in the first period (12) and overall (32), but the Red Wings were able to make the most of their opportunities, forcing the Coyotes to pull goaltender Mike Smith after the fourth goal. Jimmy Howard allowed a goal in each of the final two periods, but stopped 30-of-32 shots for his league-leading 16th win of the season. 

The Red Wings, sitting at 35 points, are three points behind the Blackhawks in the Central Division (with two less games played) and host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. 

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