The Phoenix Coyotes became the first NHL team eliminated from the playoffs last night as they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. This could also mean the end of the Coyotes as it is widely anticipated that the club will move back to Winnipeg in the off-season.
The young Coyotes were no match for the grizzled veterans on the Red Wings, and their only real hope was for Ilya Bryzgalov to steal a couple of games in the series. That was not to be, and the Coyotes whimpered into the sunset.
The break will be good for Detroit as they can not expect such an easy series in the second round, as they will face either Chicago, San Jose, Anaheim or Nashville. The break gives Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen a chance to recover from injuries. Zetterberg missed the entire series, while Franzen missed the last game with lower body injuries.
The Blackhawks will look to stave off elimination tonight when they return to Vancouver for game 5, while Boston looks to even up the series with the Canadiens at 2 games apiece. Los Angeles is also looking to even up their series, as they try to recover from their meltdown against San Jose where they gave up a 4-0 lead to lose 6-5 in OT in game three.
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