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WINGS SWEEP DUCKS.....S, 3/24/13
Posted on: 03-24-2013

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>>caption:   CLEARY's PPG PUT
THE WINGS AHEAD TO STAY<<

@ ANAHEIM, CA:

      The Red Wings scored twice
before the game was 9-mins old
and then had to hang on for a
2-1 Sunday night win at Anaheim.
      Detroit won both games of
the weekend series at the Duck
Pond against an Anaheim team
that had only three previous
regulation defeats all season.
      Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard
made 33-SV in both victories.
      The Wings have won four consecutive road games for the first time
in nearly two and a half years.   
      Dan Cleary scored the game's first goal on the power play just 4:14 in.
Jakub Kindal fired from along the right wall and Cleary (#7) inward deflected
the disc between Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and the near post.
      Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 8:46/1. Ian White's shot from the left point
failed to get through, but Miller (#4) was parked on the doorstep of the
crease and poked the loose puck underneath Hiller's right pad.
      Ryan Getzlaf got Anaheim on the board with just 45.1-sec left in the
2nd-PER. Uncovered Getzlaf (#12) let loose a wrist shot from the right
circle faceoff dot for a power play marker.
      The Red Wings were on their heals most of the 3rd-PER as Anaheim pressed
for a trying goal by outshooting Detroit 11-5. The Detroit PK fought off a late
minor to Johan Franzen, yielding only one shot on goal while skating shorthanded.
      When Hiller was pulled in the last minute for an extra attacker, Getzlaf was
called for a borderline trip of Valtteri Filppula in the Wings zone with 33.5-sec
to play. The Ducks lost their composure with Getzlaf assessed an additional minor
for unsportsmanlike conduct and then Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne
all were banished with misconducts.
      The Ducks had one big flap left. All alone in the slot, Cam Fowler was robbed by
Howard with 3.6-sec on the clock when Howie blocked Fowler's shot.   
      Anaheim outshot Detroit in all three periods and 34-21 in the game.


QUOTEBOOK...

R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:    "Tonight we started great and then got
caught up a little bit in just checking instead of playing. Bein' careful, to me
that's being on your heals and being defensive and there's another thing [in]
being smart and being aggressive. I thought we got a little careful here
tonight, but we had good goaltending, guys boxed-out good and we competed
hard, but we still coulda been better."

R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:    "Huge weekend for us...The commitment
to playing a full 60 moinutes [was key]...I feel like I'm playing well."

R-WINGS Rt-WING DREW MILLER:    "They've been playin' well at home. We
stuck together throughout the two games and got four big [standings] points
...[Howard] was our best player for sure. He's making the big saves. He gives
us a chance to win every night."

R-WINGS DEF BRIAN LASHOFF    "It's a good starting off point for this road
trip. To get these two wins is huge...[Howard] makes the first save all the
time and he's been makin' the second and third save as well."


OVERTIME:

      Howard is 8-2-2 in his last dozen starts. He is 4-0-1 in his career at Anaheim.
      Detroit Capt. Henrik Zetterberg played his 700th career NHL regular season
game.
      After going without a power play goal in their first 11 road games this
season, the Wings have scored a PPG in each of their last five away games.
      Getzlaf's goal was Anaheim's first power play goal in seven games.
      With the frustrated Ducks initiating three fights in Friday night's loss
to Detroit, Wings coach Mike Babcock planned ahead and re-inserted Jordin
Tootoo into the lineup. It took only 5:27 for Anaheim's Matt Beleskey to drop
the gloves and both players drew 5-min fighting majors.
      With Tootoo in the lineup Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for the
first time this season. Although Brunner is tied with Pavel Datsyuk for the team
lead with 10 goals, the rookie is goal-less in his last 12 games.
      The Red Wings visit Phoenix Monday night where Jonas Gustavsson will start
in the Detroit nets.


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