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>>caption: SCOTT NIEDERMAYER &
COREY PERRY (R) CELEBRATE BEHIND
A FRUSTRATED OZZIE (#30)<<
@ ANAHEIM, CA:
The Ducks refused to end their
season on home ice, playing their
best game of the NHL Western
Conference Semis to edge Detroit 2-1 late Tuesday night to tie the Best-of-7
For the first time since 2002 the Red Wings will play a post-season
Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller posted a near-shutout, holding Detroit off
the scoreboard for 57:35 and making the save of the game just before the
final horn sounded.
A reunited mainline accounted for both Ducks goals and the pairing of
Anaheim's top two defensemen in Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger paid
dividends at both ends of the ice.
A scoreless but entertaining opening period saw lots of end-to-end action and
a penalty kill by both teams. The Ducks had a bit more jump than Detroit in the
closing minutes, leading to a 12-8 shots advantage and a carryover power play for
Anaheim into the 2nd-Per.
The Wings killed off the penalty that rolled over to the middle frame, but only
3-sec later Detroit drew its third infraction of the contest and this time the Ducks
cashed in. Ryan Getzlaf (#4) converted a Scott Niedermayer rebound off Chris Osgood's
right pad a t2:21/2. Late in the period after some heavy Detroit pressure in the Anaheim
end, a quick Ducks counter-attack saw Getzlaf fire from the left point and Corey Perry
(#7) downward deflected the puck over Ozzie's right shoulder at 17:35/2. Perry had
gotten up from a check to park himself alone at the left corner of the net.
Some curious penalty-calling helped lead to disjointed 3rd-Per play which favored
the team on top. A foolish tripping call at 16:43/3 just inside the Detroit blueline
where Anaheim's Andrew Ebbett took down Detroit's Darren Helm with his stick
opened the door for a Detroit comeback try. The Red Wings took advantage when
Johan Franzen (#8) converted from a wide-angle along the right wing side of the
end red line at 17:35/3. Brian Rafalski (back in the line-up after missing the first five
games of the series with an "upper body" injury) made the play possible when he held
the puck in the offensive end.
Detroit pulled Osgood twice in the closing moments and Hiller robbed Detroit's
Pavel Datsyuk from the inside of the left circle on a close-in try to tie with under
2-sec on the clock.
As they had earlier in the series, the Ducks gooned-it-up after the game had
ended. During the scrum Perry bearhugged Rafalski and Scott Niedermayer exchanged
punches with Datsyuk. Perry was given 17-mins in penalties, Niedermayer a fighting
major, Getzlaf a double minor and Datsyuk & Rafalski were each assessed 5-min fighting
penalties and Anaheim's Todd Marchant a game misconduct after the teams had left
already the ice. Detroit's Marian Hossa was involved on the edge of the mauling, but
was not penalized.
The Wings out-shot the Ducks 39-28 in the contest.
Each team was 1-for-4 on the power play.
Deciding Gm-7 is Thursday night at The Joe.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "I didn't think we were as good as we coulda been.
We were urgent in the third...Now we get to go home for an exciting game seven...
We had too many turnovers...Raf was a real good player (coming off injury)."
R-WINGS CEN HENRIK ZETTERBERG: "It was a close game and I think we competed.
We tried to get pucks into the net and be there for second chances. Unfortunately
we couldn't get more than one puck behind (Hiller)."
R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM: "I think they were more desperate tonight
than we were. They came out stronger. There were too many turnovers that created
more time in our zone than we wanted to."
R-WINGS DEF BRIAN RAFALSKI: "(It was) Better than I thought, actually (comning off
a 5-game injury absence)."
DUCKS CEN RYAN GETZLAF: "Not a lot had to be said, we have enough guys in here
who have been there before. It was unacceptable the way we played last game. We
were excited about tonight."
DUCKS DEF/CAPT SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: "There was a lot going on (at the end of the
game). I don’t know how it all started. The next thing you know, my gloves are off.
That doesn’t happen too often. I didn’t even know who it was at first. I took a couple
of punches to the face. I guess after a couple, I figured I’ll try a couple...What a great
thrill to be playing a great hockey club like that in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I’m looking forward to it."
DUCKS GOALIE JONAS HILLER: "I think everybody stepped up and played hard and
we deserved to win and go on to Game 7. It was a tough fight, 60 minutes, a close
game again, and emotions were unloading at the end. We have to play with emotions
to have a chance to win."
DUCKS H-COACH RANDY CARLYLE: "Detroit has a very skilled hockey club and if you
don’t stay close to your check, they are going to move the puck and move themselves.
If there is a team that does it better, I’d like to know where it is. If you don’t stay
close to your check, they can make you look awfully foolish. I thought we played fairly
neat and tidy."
Detroit's last Gm-7 was a 7-0 skunking of Colorado at JLA in the 2002 Western
Conference Finals on Detroit's way to a 10th of 11 Stanley Cup Championships.
Perry has 4-G in the series vs Detroit. He and Getzlaf assisted on each other's
Franzen has 6-G in the series.
Henrik Zetterberg assisted on Franzen's goal and has at least one scoring
point in all six games of the series.
Datsyuk is goal-less in eight straight games and has just two assists in the
Anaheim drew two penalties for too many men on the ice and Detroit received
two infractions for delay of game for accidentally shooting the puck over the glass.
Anaheim had only 17-SOG in Sunday's Gm-5, but already put 18-SOG on the board
just 5-mins into Tuesday's 2nd-Per.
The Ducks have been out-shot in all 12 of their playoff games this spring.
Entering Tuesday the Red Wings had won 10 of their last 13 road playoff games
and had won 13 consecutive playoff series (dating back to 1991) in a game six where
they had a 3-2 lead.
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