Red Wings Vs. Coyotes: Phoenix Exorcises Recent Demons In 3-1 Win Over Detroit

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 06: Daymond Langkow #22 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 6, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In their two most recent victories, the Phoenix Coyotes have exorcised some demons.

Boyd Gordon and Martin Hanzal scored to give Phoenix a 3-1 win over the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings.

The Coyotes' win over the Red Wings was their first since March 5, 2011, a span of eight games, not including a four-game sweep in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Saturday, the Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-3 for just the second time in their last eight meetings.

It was also the third consecutive time that Phoenix scored first against Detroit, but this time, the former finally won a game and did not lose in a shootout as they did in the previous two games.

Phoenix sits in 10th place in the Western Conference after Monday's win, just two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final playoff spot. Perhaps the Coyotes and Red Wings will meet again in the postseason. Monday's win could be a confidence boost if that were to happen.

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