Game 3: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings

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Matchup: Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings

Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI

Time: 7:30 PM EST

Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network

Series: Tied 1-1

 

It may not have been in the fashion they had envisioned, but the Detroit Red Wings were able to skate away from Anaheim with a split in the two games and home ice advantage. The Western Conference Quarterfinals continues tonight, when the Anaheim Ducks come into Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings and Ducks each search for the 2-1 series advantage.

The Red Wings were plagued with an inefficient offense in game one of this series but that all changed in game two as they went on to win 5-4 in overtime to tie the series at one game a piece. The Red Wings could not have asked for a better start to the must win game two in this first round series. They were able to strike fast and multiple times. It all started with a beautiful shot from Justin Abdelkader just 48 seconds into the game. They were able to add another goal less than four minutes later off of an Anaheim turnover and Damien Brunner snapped a shot past Jonas Hiller for his first career playoff goal. The Red Wings were able to strike quickly in the second period as well as Johan Franzen scored the first of his two goals just a minute into the second period. The Red Wings looked like they were going to skate to an easy victory but the Ducks would not allow it. The Ducks were able to strike midway through the second period to cut the lead to two but the Red Wings were able to extend it back to three with yet another early goal in the third, only 20 seconds into the period.

After the Red Wings fourth goal, the wheels feel off for them. Anaheim came back to score three unanswered goals, one of them coming with less than three minutes to play, to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Red Wings looked like they were on the brink of going down 2-0 in the series after blowing the three goal lead, but a beautiful toe drag and pass from Valtteri Filppula to Gustav Nyquist was able to end the game just 1:21 into the overtime period.

Game two was a critical victory for the Red Wings after blowing the three goal lead. If they would have lost that game, it would be hard to imagine that they would be able to get back into the series. The victory switched the series momentum to the Red Wings favor and they will be sure to use it to their advantage. They will be returning home to a stadium that will be rocking hungry for a game three win and a 2-1 series advantage.

The Red Wings will once again turn to Jimmy Howard in net who will be looking to bounce back from a rough third period, though he still earned the victory. Being back at home should help him as he went 13-7-4 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA at Joe Louis Arena this season. The Red Wings will be bringing back Mikael Samuelsson into the lineup tonight as Todd Bertuzzi and Jordin Tootoo will be the healthy scratches in tonight’s game.

Despite the quick goals and the loss, the Ducks still feel comfortable starting Jonas Hiller in net for game three. He allowed five goals on 32 shots in Thursday night’s loss and will be looking to make a stronger start in game three.

Players To Watch:

Detroit:

  • Johan Franzen was able to come back with a strong game two by scoring two goals. Franzen is a player that must stay hot this series for the Red Wings to advance, considering they do not have the scoring depth like Anaheim has.
  • Gustav Nyquist came up big for the Red Wings by scoring his first career playoff goal in overtime to provide the Red Wings with a much needed win in game two. The goal should give Nyquist a lot of confidence heading into game three, so it will be interesting to see how he follows up his game two performance.

Anaheim:

  • Bobby Ryan came up big for the Ducks in game two recording an assist as well as the game tying goal with less than three minutes to play. The Ducks rely on Ryan for a lot of their offense, so it will be important for him to continue to score and set up goals if the Ducks are to survive this series.
  • Sheldon Souray took a penalty with 48 seconds left to play in the game which led to the Nyqusit game winning goal in overtime. It was a bad penalty for anyone to take, especially a veteran who knows the importance of every playoff game. He will need to come back with a strong game to help erase the memory of his game two blunder.

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-Brett D’Angelo

3 thoughts on “Game 3: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings”

  1. I’d do anything to be at tonight’s game! good luck tonight wings! let’s play a full 60 minutes! GO WINGS!

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