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by George Malik on 05/12/13 at 11:56 PM ET
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.
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...
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:
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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