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I don’t want to take anything away from Pavel Datsyuk’s equalizer late in the third because it was a beauty — he got half a step on Sbisa racing down the left wing before sizzling a wrister that beat Hiller high on the short side. But honestly, that’s a goal the Anaheim goalie can’t allow. He played it way too conservatively, staying deep in his crease and waiting to react to a pass that never came. If Hiller skates out a foot or so, he cuts down the angle and probably takes that hole away. Instead, his caution let it get to overtime. It was Hiller’s only mistake on the night, and it likely cost Anaheim the game.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the game.

If you missed the Datsyuk goal or want to see it again, you can watch it below...

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Man, I’m so hesitant to put that goal on Hiller.  That was really an incredible shot and a beautiful goal.

Posted by Geno71 on 05/07/13 at 06:56 AM ET

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He played it way too conservatively, staying deep in his crease and waiting to react to a pass that never came.

The Red Wings’ philosophy of passing six times before shooting paid off.  Hiller never saw the shot coming.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/07/13 at 07:23 AM ET

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Muir isn’t entirely wrong, but what does it matter? The shot was still great, and if you’re one to believe in things “evening out,” Hiller was pretty fortunate to keep the puck out of the net during that flurry of chances the Wings had early in the game that ultimately led to the first Ducks goal.

I don’t particularly like that outlook. I think it is as simple as, Hiller was very good, but Datsyuk was great, thus, the puck went in the net.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/07/13 at 07:28 AM ET

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With all the side-to-side pass the Wings do, It’s really a “pick your poison” situation, dont you guys think??

Goalie can either be agressive and chance getting a cross ice pass that will get someone a open netter, or play in the crease and take these kind of goals

It’s pretty easy saying “Oh, he should have played more agressively”, when you dont recall Filpulla missing an “open netter” cross ice on game 3, because Hiller was in the crease instead of beeing agressive, and got into position fast, forcing Filpulla’s mistake

Posted by Zqto on 05/07/13 at 08:37 AM ET

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Hiller did look like he was loading up to push across the crease.  Even his glove moving towards the puck looked very forced and not like a natural reaction.

Despite that I wouldn’t put the loss on Hiller.  He really held the ducks in the game.  He didn’t give up that goal on a floater, it was a great shot. 

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 05/07/13 at 08:38 AM ET

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Best hands in the business

Posted by selke13 on 05/07/13 at 08:39 AM ET

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That goal is as memorable to me as the one Draper scored of his face in 2008 vs. the Stars.

Re: Datsyuk’s goal

A: Scouts will say he is a pass first, shoot second guy. He obviously gets a little respect out there. (duh)
B: He loaded up a tremendous amount of energy into his stick. The bend was pretty vulgar.
C: He placed it just above his shoulder, next to the helmet. It’s a jam zone for goalies. You can see Hiller trying to get there, but sorry bud….. no dice.
D: Let’s see you make the stop tough guy! Annnnnnddddd…..... thought so. (that was for alan muir - probably upset ESPN gave him the shaft)

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/07/13 at 08:47 AM ET

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It was Hiller’s only mistake on the night, and it likely cost Anaheim the game.

That was Hiller’s first mistake of the night. It was his second mistake (not coming out to play the puck on Nyquist’s breakaway in overtime) that cost the Duckies the game.

The puck was so far out in front of Gus that Hiller had a great chance to come out and either get it or knock it away. Instead, he backed into the net and, one bad rebound later, it’s over.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/07/13 at 08:56 AM ET

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Posted by TKShreve on 05/07/13 at 09:47 AM ET

+19

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/07/13 at 08:58 AM ET

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Yeah, as a goalie, skate out to cut down the angle when Pav has the puck on the half-boards, a place he NEVER shoots from, and watch him rip a no-look 30ft. saucer pass to a streaking winger for a tap-in. 

Like OlderThanChelios said, you want to point out a mistake that cost the Ducks the game, look no further than the last play of the game.  He let the play, play him and got burned.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 05/07/13 at 09:40 AM ET

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He’s a goalie just like every other goalie in the league. Pavel WILL score on you and once you accept this and face it, you can go about your business. End of story.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/07/13 at 09:46 AM ET

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i agree with you John and OlderThanChelios. I think the far more conservative and worse play by Hilller was on the OT goal. if you want to know what he should have done on that play, just ask yourself what would Hasek have done (hint…. my avatar)

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/07/13 at 10:25 AM ET

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if you want to know what he should have done on that play, just ask yourself what would Hasek have done (hint…. my avatar)

No one is that crazy – except, of course, Dom. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/07/13 at 10:31 AM ET

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