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Datsyuk, Lidstrom score early as Detroit beats the Flames 3-1

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That was bad news for the Calgary Flames.

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom scored in the first four minutes Sunday and Detroit went on to beat Calgary 3-1, taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Calgary.

The Flames can only hope returning home - where they won an NHL-high 30 games during the regular season - will help them slow the Western Conference's top-seeded team.

Detroit led 2-0 early in the first period for the second straight game, scoring two goals even quicker than the 8½ minutes it took Thursday night.

Calgary's Dion Phaneuf scored early in the second period on a shot that was deflected and fluttered past Dominik Hasek's glove.

The Flames went into the third within a goal because of the key score and Miikka Kiprusoff's 33 saves through two periods.

It didn't take long for the Red Wings to get their two-goal cushion back.

Six minutes into the final period, Detroit rookie Valtteri Filppula followed up his goal-scoring debut in the playoffs with a shot off a rebound.

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