Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2: Chris Conner burned his former team by scoring to snap a tie in the second period and Chad Johnson turned aside 34 shots as host Phoenix defeated Detroit for just the second time in 10 outings.
Martin Hanzal and defenseman Michael Stone each collected a goal and an assist while captain Shane Doan netted his team-leading 12th tally. The Coyotes, who moved within two points of eighth-place St. Louis in the Western Conference, improved to 3-0-2 since dropping a 3-2 home decision to the Red Wings on March 25.
Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary scored power-play goals and Jimmy Howard turned aside 34 shots for Detroit, which has dropped three of its last four contests and sits one point ahead of the Blues.
With the game tied at 1-1, Mikkel Boedker skated through the middle of the ice before drawing a pair of defenders toward him. Boedker shuffled the puck to Conner, who made his season debut a memorable one by wristing a shot past Howard at 8:08 of the second period.
Doan doubled the advantage nearly eight minutes later by accepting Hanzal's saucer pass and wristing the puck past Howard. The Red Wings trimmed the deficit with 1:13 remaining in the third period as captain Henrik Zetterberg's shot deflected off Cleary and past Johnson.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Conner was recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. He collected one goal and two assists in eight games with Detroit last season. ... Howard fell to 7-1-2 against Phoenix. ... Coyotes D David Schlemko logged just 2:10 of ice time in the first period and did not return to the bench to start the second. The team said he was dealing with an undisclosed ailment and was being evaluated.