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Ducks/Wings Series Could Be Classic

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Even as Detroit opened a three-goal lead, Boudreau and the Ducks kept pushing.

“They were always talking about, Get one and we can get two,” Boudreau said. “Get one and we can get two.”

By the time Bobby Ryan tied the game late in the third period, it felt like an inevitability. The push from the Ducks got stronger and stronger as the game went on as Detroit mistakenly tried to sit on a lead against one of the biggest offensive powerhouses in the playoffs.

“They just kept coming at us, coming at us. In the playoffs, you can’t really take your foot off the gas,” Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. “That includes all of us.”

But Detroit hung on in this one, and the 5-4 overtime win taught us something about each one of these teams. First there’s no lead safe against the relentless Ducks. And the young, skilled Red Wings still have enough veteran presence to regroup while learning on the fly in the playoffs.

It sets up the making of what could end up being an incredible series.


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BC's avatar

Nyquist is reminding me of Pav circa ‘02.  With him and Brunner ont hat third line, woo buddy

Andersson impressed me with his end to end play, too.  When he learns how to dish that line will light it up.

Posted by BC on 05/03/13 at 01:40 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

All I’m gunna say is ... enjoy the victory boys cuz it may be the last one until October.

After reading the “DeKeyser breaks thumb, out for rest of playoffs” article I knew that was the end.

Between White, Coli, and Lashoff I think the obvious choice is Lashoff but, they’re all rusty and its going to be a struggle to get up to playoff speed.

If you think the 2nd half of the 3rd period was brutal ... just wait for the next 3 games ... its gunna get ugly.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/03/13 at 03:02 PM ET

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