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Red Wings eliminate Ducks, head to Chicago

Despite a third period scare-and-a-half, the Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 and will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference semifinals...I'll write more in a bit but you tell me how you feel about being Chicago's hamburger.

NBCSN will air the 2nd round--no FSD this time--and Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond say that the series will start on Wednesday. And it was pretty awesome to hear Kronwall and Zetterberg thank both Fox Sports Detroit and the fans who stayed up watching them. And Zetterberg readily admitted that he took a "stupid penalty," too.

Update: FTR:

The Red Wings came out incredibly strongly, perhaps remembering how the Ducks' start in Game 5 knocked them onto their heels all night long, and Henrik Zetterberg scored a slick goal (with Zetterberg and Datsyuk split up for this game) via hard work from Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary and Jakub Kindl, all of 1:49 in:

Regrettably the Wings' superb start was marred by a crappy second ten minutes of the first period, with the Ducks' push-back being bolstered by a boarding penalty assessed to Danny Cleary, and while the Wings killed the power play, immediately thereafter, Jonas Hiller flicked the puck to Francois Beauchemin, he tossed it to Emerson Etem down low, and Etem skated past a standing-and-staring Valtteri Filppula and Carlo Colaiacovo, and when Jakub Kindl decided to take the low shot away by blocking instead of poking the damn puck off his stick, Etem roofed a shot over Howard, who leaned off the short side goal post too early.

But the Ducks got another power play when Kyle Quincey was called for the kind of cross-check Bryan Allen and his teammates were giving the Wings all night long, and instead, Francois Beauchemin gave Justin Abdelkader--the now indispensible Abdelkader--a wonderful assist..

And during a wild and woolly second period, Jimmy Howard was stronger, the Ducks were undisciplined, and halfway through the game, Valtteri Filppula of all people delivered what would become an essential goal thanks to Danny Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg's grit and grind...

It got ugly from there...
 

 

#Teemuisajerk:

And Henrik Zetterberg readily admitted that the goal the Wings gave up--Francois Beauchemin tipping a shot off of Jonathan Ericsson--was his fault as he chipped the puck over the glass, but otherwise, the Wings just ground out, ground down, out-worked, out-hustled and out-DISCIPLINED the Ducks, almost manhandling the Ducks while Hiller was pulled and earning a satisfying seven-game series win against the Ducks.

Both Fox Sports Detroit and Mike Babcock state that the 2nd round will begin on Wednesday in Chicago, and while the Wings are massive underdogs, and the Hawks have just dominated Detroit in regular season play...

The pressure's on them, they haven't been playing for a week, and I'm not counting the Wings out, not the way Howard's been playing and not given the ways in which this heart-attack-inducing bunch of youngsters and vets has come together over the course of the past eleven games--those four final regular season games and the first round series.

That, and while the Quincey-Smith and Colaiacovo-Kindl pairings can be scary, this guy's playing 25+ minutes a game and is starting to do this on a regular basis:

Update #2: If you wish to watch the NHL Network's analysis of the game, you may most certainly do so...

 

But here's Howard after the game:

Update #3: Wings-Hawks preview. Inevitable I suppose:

Update #4: Justin Abdelkader post-game on NHL.com:

And it's official:

Erm...

Update #5: Finally, some highlights:

Statistics:

Shots 33-32 Anaheim overall. Detroit was out-shot 12-11 in the 1st, out-shot Anaheim 16-13 in the 2nd and was out-shot 8-5 in the 3rd.

Detroit went 0-for-2 in 3:01 of PP time; Anaheim went 1-for-4 in 5:30 of PP time.

Jonas Hiller stopped 29 of 32 shots; Jimmy Howard stopped 31 of 33.

The 3 stars were picked by the Ducks' media, and they picked Cam Fowler, Emerson Etem and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (3) from Filppula (3) and Kindl (2);

Abdelkader (2), shorthanded;

Filppula (1) from Cleary (3) and Zetterberg (5).

Faceoffs 41-40 Detroit (Detroit won 51%);

Blocked shots 13-11 Detroit;

Missed shots 15-13 Detroit (total attempts 59-58 Anaheim, with the Wings firing 32 shots ON Hiller and 36 wide or into Ducks players);

Hits 34-18 Anaheim;

Giveaways 9-5 Anaheim;

Takeaways 9-4 Detroit.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 17-and-14 (55%); Zetterberg went 8-and-13 (38%); Andersson went 12-and-8 (60%); Filppula went 4-and-3 (57%); both Nyquist and Franzen lost their only faceoffs.

Shots: Zetterberg and Datsyuk co-led the Wings with 6 shots apiece; Filppula had 4; Smith, Nyquist and Franzen had 3; Abdelkader and Andersson had 2; Cleary, Quincey and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Nyquist had 3 attempts blocked; Kindl, Filppula and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Quincey and Andersson had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Eaves and Brunner missed the net 3 times; Filppula missed the net 2 times; Smith, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Ericsson, Kronwall, Andersson and Franzen missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 5 hits; Kronwall had 4; Franzen had 3; Cleary had 2; Kindl, Colaiacovo, Filppula and Ericsson had 1.

Giveaways: Kindl, Samuelsson, Filppula, Ericsson and Franzen had giveaways.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 2 takeaways; Smith, Abdelkader, Eaves, Quincey, Zetterberg, Andersson and Franzen had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Smith blocked 3 shots; Datsyuk and Kronwall blocked 2 shots; Cleary, Eaves, Colaiacovo, Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Ericsson blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Quincey took 2 minors; Cleary, Zetterberg and Franzen took 1.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +9. Samuelsson finished at -1; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk, Quincey, Filppula and Ericsson finished at +1; Zetterberg finished at +2.

Points: Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Filppula had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Abdelkader scored a goal; Kindl and Cleary had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 28:08 played; Ericsson played 26:10; Datsyuk played 22:46;

Franzen played 20:02; Abdelkader played 19:17; Zetterberg played 19:06;

Smith played 19:00; Filppula played 18:03; Quincey played 16:31;

Cleary played 16:28; :Andersson played 15:36; Kindl played 15:12;

Colaiacovo played 12:53; Brunner played 11:48; Nyquist played 11:13;

Bertuzzi played 7:58; Eaves played 7:00; Samuelsson played 4:20.

A little more: NHL.com posted a clip of Kronwall speaking to the media after the game...

And here's the handshake line:

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Howard was the key.

Posted by timbits on 05/12/13 at 11:58 PM ET

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Awesome to see the douchenozzles lose. I was happy to see the Wings win a series. I won’t be too upset if they lower to Chicago as they have to be the favorites for the cup this year now.

Posted by teldar on 05/12/13 at 11:59 PM ET

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Looking at the wings when the period ended, they really didn’t seem surprised.

Kronner had some good things to say about FSD.

Posted by Tuba Guy from Royal Oak, MI on 05/13/13 at 12:00 AM ET

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I don’t know; the Wings played some damn good defense for once in that 3rd…taking space away.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/13/13 at 12:04 AM ET

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Fil and Quincey had great games…who’da thunk it?

Posted by Marisabel on 05/13/13 at 12:10 AM ET

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Well, the Hawks aren’t any bigger or faster than Anaheim, so not to worry about that. I know Babcock has found the back end he is sticking with. Play well, like tonight, and beat that puss Keith into powder.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/13/13 at 12:16 AM ET

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aside from the blowout, each game with Hawks has been tight.  take one game at a time.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 05/13/13 at 12:17 AM ET

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Well, the Hawks aren’t any bigger or faster than Anaheim, so not to worry about that. I know Babcock has found the back end he is sticking with. Play well, like tonight, and beat that puss Keith into powder.

Absolutely not bigger, but their top end guys have exceptional outside quickness.  You don’t want to give them the inside, but if the D is too soft on the outside they’ll go right around you for a good chance on goal.  Keep them in front of you, and don’t give them too much space.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/13/13 at 12:22 AM ET

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absolutely love it.  Its all gravy from here.

Posted by akwingsfan on 05/13/13 at 12:22 AM ET

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When asked for a comment getzlaf stomped his foot three times and walked back to the barn!

Posted by SlimChance on 05/13/13 at 12:27 AM ET

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The Hawks are better, but at this point, there’s no reason to not expect this team to at least enjoy the hell out of being the spoiler for the second series in a row.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/13/13 at 12:30 AM ET

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The Hawks are probably going to eat the Wings’ errors for breakfast.  Still nice to get the kids some more Western Conference experience before the move east. I get the feeling a lot of bad habits will be picked up from play against Eastern Conference teams, knowing how te Wings tend to play to their opponents’ abilities.

Still, I get four more Wings games to watch. A much better result than I thought it would be one short month ago.

Posted by creasemonkey from sweet home san diego on 05/13/13 at 12:36 AM ET

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The Hawks are better, but at this point, there’s no reason to not expect this team to at least enjoy the hell out of being the spoiler for the second series in a row.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/13/13 at 01:30 AM ET

Wings were a trendy pick over ANA.
They won’t be over CHI.  CHI won’t be able to play the Lou Holtz card like ANA tried to still…  have to admit I’m quite curious to see how this CHI series goes now.

Posted by Primis on 05/13/13 at 12:36 AM ET

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The Hawks also won’t have shootouts in this series wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/13/13 at 12:37 AM ET

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What could be more appropriate - A Stanley Cup series with the Hawks in the last year the Wings are in the West.  No having to put up with Selanne whinning and Perry being Corey Perry.

Posted by bobinchico from Chico, CA on 05/13/13 at 12:44 AM ET

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oh, I see…we play a team a 20 minute flight away…and NOW they schedule an extra day off between games.  sheesh.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/13/13 at 12:48 AM ET

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oh, I see…we play a team a 20 minute flight away…and NOW they schedule an extra day off between games.  sheesh.

The Bulls are in the playoffs and an eventual Game 6 against Miami is scheduled for Friday. The NHL could set the series so it’s played Thu-Sat, but it would start too late.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/13/13 at 01:01 AM ET

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I think Kulfan said that the Wings have the Joe booked for a UFC event or something on Saturday as well.

The Wings really have exceeded expectations, so this is “bonus hockey” for a *team* against a team of individuals…I don’t like the odds but I think it’s gonna be fun.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/13/13 at 01:04 AM ET

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I think Kulfan said that the Wings have the Joe booked for a UFC event or something on Saturday as well.

Oh, that’s right, too. Not UFC, some smaller MMA division, but yeah they’re booked.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/13/13 at 01:06 AM ET

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I think the hawks wont have anything close to the forechecking pressure the Ducks use, so I expect a lot less turnovers and give-aways on that series
Unless the Wings start chasing around, then we are doomed

George, I didnt get the Kronwall and Zetts interview, thanking FSD and fans!
If you find any of them, I would be really, really, really happy
=D

I’ll check back tomorrow, because I technically need to be at work in about 5 hours… Crap!

Posted by Zqto on 05/13/13 at 01:12 AM ET

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I’ll check back tomorrow, because I technically need to be at work in about 5 hours… Crap!

That’s irresponsible, you should be sleeping. raspberry

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/13/13 at 01:14 AM ET

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I like our team.  This week at least.

Posted by ExiledinLA on 05/13/13 at 04:29 AM ET

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When was the last time in 21 years were the Wings were given no chance at all of winning a series? About time we were the underdogs. Here’s betting the Hawks take the Wings for granted and never see ‘em coming.

Posted by joedaiceman on 05/13/13 at 06:48 AM ET

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No one can honestly say that Chicago isn’t the better team, but these Wings area much different animal than the Hawks have been used to seeing.  Win one game in Chicago and it’s anyone’s series.

But all that said, if the Wings can force six games in this series I’ll be as proud of them as I can be.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/13/13 at 07:50 AM ET

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I think Kulfan said that the Wings have the Joe booked for a UFC event or something on Saturday as well.

Oh, that’s right, too. Not UFC, some smaller MMA division, but yeah they’re booked.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/13/13 at 02:06 AM ET

It’s the Filipino Crotch Fighting Championship.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 08:03 AM ET

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Win one game in Chicago and it’s anyone’s series.

A lot will depend on Bolland, I think.  Yes, Chicago is deep at forward anyway, but that guy is really smart and strong in his Dzone. 

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Babcock pull the same kind of line mix-matching at least once, especially if Bolland doesn’t play.  What may hurt more than anything, tho, is the face-off circle.  Anaheim was awful, and that helped us quite a bit.  I expect Chicago to be better.

I wish we had Helmer to ruin Seabrook.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/13/13 at 08:09 AM ET

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What exactly did Cam Fowler do to earn one of the games three stars? Not turn the puck over?

Posted by SolidTG7 on 05/13/13 at 08:24 AM ET

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It’s the Filipino Crotch Fighting Championship.
Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 09:03 AM ET

Now is that Filipinos fighting crotches, or Filipinos fighting with their crotches, or crotches fighting each other while Filipinos watch?

Posted by Hootinani on 05/13/13 at 08:26 AM ET

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Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 09:03 AM ET
It’s the Filipino Crotch Fighting Championship.
Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 09:03 AM ET

Now is that Filipinos fighting crotches, or Filipinos fighting with their crotches, or crotches fighting each other while Filipinos watch?

Posted by Hootinani on 05/13/13 at 09:26 AM ET

I’m Filipino and I approve these messages.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/13/13 at 08:50 AM ET

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Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/13/13 at 09:50 AM ET

Youre not Mexican?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/13/13 at 09:19 AM ET

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I’m really glad we don’t have to see Bryan Allen anymore.  That guy was a moose in front of their net with a very affectionate stick that seemed to really enjoy touching Red Wings.  Though, I like that Etam kid, is going to be a UFA soon?

On the down side, once we beat Chicago, we’re gonna have to do this California-to-Detroit-to-California-to-Detroit crap all over again.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/13/13 at 09:29 AM ET

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Absolutely not bigger, but their top end guys have exceptional outside quickness.  You don’t want to give them the inside, but if the D is too soft on the outside they’ll go right around you for a good chance on goal.  Keep them in front of you, and don’t give them too much space.

Let’s hope Coach Babs shows a lot of video (and there is lots of video) of Cogliano and Etam skating right past our D up the wing between now and Game 1 as a teaching opportunity.

I think the hawks wont have anything close to the forechecking pressure the Ducks use, so I expect a lot less turnovers and give-away

I really hope you are right.  Anaheim realized that if they send 2-3 guys behind he net at our Kid-Ds, they’ll panic and make bad passes. 

I think we can take Chicago. (Please, let us take Chicago. I have waaaaayyy too many smug-ass Blackhawk fan friends.)

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/13/13 at 09:40 AM ET

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I think we can take Chicago. (Please, let us take Chicago. I have waaaaayyy too many smug-ass Blackhawk fan friends.)

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/13/13 at 10:40 AM ET

If they get lippy just tell them to compare the rafters at JLA to the ones at United Center.  They’ve been in the league as long as we have…. what’s their excuse?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/13/13 at 09:48 AM ET

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Youre not Mexican?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/13/13 at 10:19 AM ET

And the answer is, “Mestizo.”  Yo…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/13/13 at 09:57 AM ET

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On the down side, once we beat Chicago, we’re gonna have to do this California-to-Detroit-to-California-to-Detroit crap all over again.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/13/13 at 10:29 AM ET

Let’s win against Shitcago first.  Then we’ll worry ‘bout the travel later.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/13/13 at 09:58 AM ET

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I didn’t realize Howard was a good actor wink

Posted by Bugsy on 05/13/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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Looking at that clip with Howard’s head snapping back, has a goalie ever been called for “diving”?

Posted by Bugsy on 05/13/13 at 10:36 AM ET

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Jimmah was not gonna let them get away with the stuff they were getting away with…esp. that Dorey Fairy kick in Game Six.  If it meant theatrics to make the refs start paying more attention to the cheapies the DuhUcks were getting away with in his crease, well, it worked.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/13/13 at 10:44 AM ET

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Jimmah was not gonna let them get away with the stuff they were getting away with…esp. that Dorey Fairy kick in Game Six.  If it meant theatrics to make the refs start paying more attention to the cheapies the DuhUcks were getting away with in his crease, well, it worked.

Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/13/13 at 11:44 AM ET

It’s a fine line.  I hate that it took seven years for the refs to start making these calls against the Ducks… but you don’t want to get a reputation as a diver, or ala Hasek, get so rapped up with your performance that you let pucks go by. 

I thought Jimmy was laying it on a little thick a couple times during the series.  I’d prefer it if he spent more time working on keeping shots like that Etem goal out of the net.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/13/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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I hate it as well, bez.  Believe me, I was shaking my head when it happened.  It did keep the flies out of his crease the rest of the game, though.  Jimmah’s a better competitor than that and here’s hoping that’s the end of it.  But, of course, now that the Wings have drawn the Cawks in the second round…

Oh jeebus, I just thought of something:  Olcsux fellating.  Ew….

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/13/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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