The Ducks took game one of the series with a good looking 3-1 win. Anaheim was on their game and didn’t allow Detroit’s offense to put much pressure on Jonas Hiller. Hiller stopped 21 of 22 shots, including multiple saves in the third period that would have tied the game for Detroit. The powerplays decided the game ultimately, Nick Bonino opened the scoring in the first on the powerplay. Daniel Cleary answered back with a powerplay goal for Detroit. It stayed tied until the third period, when Teemu Selanne scored on the powerplay to give the Ducks the lead. Detroit pushed in the final minutes of the game, only to have Francois Beauchemin score on the empty net from his own end.
The second game of the series was a little different of a story. Detroit came booming out of the gate, Justin Abdelkader scored just 48 seconds into the first period. Detroit kept up the pressure and Damien Brunner put one passed Jonas Hiller shortly after. The Wings started the second period on the powerplay and Johan Franzen scored 1:04 into the period. The Ducks weren’t going down just yet, Saku Koivu scored on the powerplay to make the difference only two. Johan Franzen scored his second of the night in the third period to give the Wings a 4-1 lead. Ryan Getzlaf scored almost eight minutes into the third to put the score at 4-2 in favor of the Wings. The Ducks owned the momentum after that and Teemu Selanne scored just after the powerplay expired to get back within one. The Ducks didn’t stop there, they kept the pressure on Detroit and Bobby Ryan finally got one passed Jimmy Howard to tie the game at 4. Sheldon Souray took a penalty with only 38 seconds remaining in regulation. Gustav Nyquist was the hero for Detroit however. Valtteri Filppula set up Nyquist with a beautiful pass for the overtime winner and the first playoff goal of his career.
The Ducks took game one of the series, and when it looked like they were down and out in game two they came back from being down three to tie it and force overtime, but Detroit came out swinging on the powerplay tonight going 3-6 and getting the overtime winner to tie the series at 1 a piece. The series is headed to Hockeytown for the next two games and I would imagine that these two teams won’t let up on the intensity or the hitting. It’s been a physical series so far, and it won’t stop anytime soon. Both teams need to do a better job of staying out of the box. Both the Wings and Ducks powerplays have been hot to start.
Topics: 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Booby Ryan, Damien Brunner, Detroit Red Wings, Francois Beauchemin, Fustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen, Jonas Hiller, Justin Abdelkader, Nick Bonino, Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, Sheldon Souray, Teemu Selanne, Valtteri Filppula