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by Paul on 05/02/13 at 06:09 AM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
“We have to do a better job in our overall game,” Kronwall said. “There are a lot of things that we didn’t do that we have been doing over the last few weeks that got some wins and got us into the postseason. There are lot of things we can work on, one of them being moving the puck a lot better out of our own zone, getting through the neutral zone, and then, of course, spending more time in the O zone.”
The Ducks had success in Game 1 thanks in particular to veteran checker Saku Koivu, who did a masterful job leading his third-line shut-down group against Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, holding them off the scoreboard.
“That’s their matchup line, and we knew that was going to be against us,” Zetterberg said. “We can’t really get caught int he neutral zone. We’ve got to get pucks deep and play in their end. They’re playing good defense, so we’ve just got to be more creative and create better chances. There’s nothing on the rush, so you’ve got to spend time in their end. We need to sustain more pressure in their end.”
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