Red Wings Down Ducks to take 3-2 Series Lead

Four different players scored for the Detroit Red Wings Sunday, carrying the team to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks and giving the Red Wings a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series.

Chris Osgood stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced in net for Detroit, helping the team capitalize on the low number of shots allowed.

The Red Wings outshot the Ducks 14 to three in the first period but neither team got on the board until Johan Franzen scored at 3:23 of the second.

Justin Abdelkader, making in his first postseason appearance in place of the injured Tomas Kopecky, moved the puck on a rush to Franzen at the Anaheim blue line. Franzen stepped up and snapped a shot off of the crossbar and in behind Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

Just 39 seconds later, Jiri Hudler made it 2-0.

Henrik Zetterberg drove a shot on net that Hiller stopped but the rebound popped into the air. Hudler followed it up, whacking the puck in behind Hiller just after it dropped below crossbar height.

Ryan Whitney scored Anaheim's only goal with 4:23 left in the period and the Ducks on a power play, snapping a shot past Osgood after a scramble left Detroit's defense spun around and Osgood screened.

Darren Helm scored his first goal of the playoffs to restore the two-goal lead with 3:08 left in regulation, banging home a rebound after a goalmouth scramble with Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg added an empty net goal for the second consecutive game, finishing off the scoring.

Each team had three power play chances. Anaheim made good on one of theirs while the Red Wings were held without a power play goal.

Hiller made 34 saves on 37 shots in the Ducks' net.


Notes: Detroit played again without Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper, while adding Kopecky to the list of injured Wings... Derek Meech joined Abdelkader making his playoff debut, subbing in for Chris Chelios.

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It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. I am trying to see if I can still get tickets to game six since I just got back into town

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 9:12 AM

 

Wisniewski is reportedly a 50-50 chance for today's game.

I've got this gut feeling that whoever wins this game is going to win the series, maybe not in the sixth game, but if not then, in game seven.

It really is days like these I hate my dorm--we don't get Versus at all...and the TVs that have 'em aren't working properly...

Posted by Shade on 5/10/2009 at 4:06 PM

 

It really is days like these I hate my dorm--we don't get Versus at all...and the TVs that have 'em aren't working properly...


It's on FSN today :|

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/10/2009 at 4:21 PM

 

WAARGH!!!!! That's just as bad, if not worse...we don't get FSN Detroit in Arizona, much less a hockey team anymore...

Posted by Shade on 5/10/2009 at 4:39 PM

 

http://www.ustream.t.../red-wings-live

There you go.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/10/2009 at 5:07 PM

 

You rock.

I'll catch what I can between packing up and my interview today.

Posted by Shade on 5/10/2009 at 5:09 PM

 

How many times do we have to get them off our damned goalie?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 5:17 PM

 

First power play Let's make it count!

Side note: Check out Homer the human missile, I counted three hits last shift

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 5:26 PM

 

Good pressure there...

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 5:29 PM

 

Power play looked good, just no goal. That would've been nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 5:30 PM

 

God, that was nearly beautiful. f*cking post.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 5:32 PM

 

God, that was nearly beautiful. f*cking post.


The second best goaltender of all time...

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 5:34 PM

 

Weak call there...

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 5:42 PM

 

Big kill and a good scoring chance by Malts.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 5:44 PM

 

Such a great start, sucks the Wings got no goals.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 5:47 PM

 

We'll make up for it in the second.

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 5:56 PM

 

First period shots, 14-3 Detroit. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:04 PM

 

Franzen with a wicked shot with Abs screening. Very nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:09 PM

 

Huds, bitches! This is a close one but if they allow it... Floodgates. Open.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:11 PM

 

Huds with number 2!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 6:11 PM

 

Franzen and Hudler!!! Have some of that!

Never a high stick. And it isn't.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/10/2009 at 6:13 PM

 

Holy f*ck, how did they not score there. What a shift.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:25 PM

 

God f*cking damnit. Scrambly play. Wings defense standing still. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:35 PM

 

The Ducks should not still be in this game.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/10/2009 at 6:38 PM

 

That sucks, now the lead is cut in half.

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 6:39 PM

 

Ozzie comes up f*cking huge. Woah.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:39 PM

 

Stoned by Osgood!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 6:42 PM

 

Wings seemed to get lazy after the second goal. After that great power play shift, actually. Gotta come out strong, or weather the storm to start the period and bounce back strong. I'd prefer the former.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 6:46 PM

 

Really, really, really happy to see them get those two goals, especially so quick! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> I think they got a little faster during the second. It sucks that the Ducks scored!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/10/2009 at 6:50 PM

 

Agreed, gotta come out strong!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/10/2009 at 6:52 PM

 

My nerves are shot in general and I'm still suffering from sleep deprivation from the two late games this week, I feel like this game is gonna kill me.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:01 PM

 

Gah! Hossa stopped on the break.

Getzlaf wasn't out there, interesting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:04 PM

 

Huge kill there and a good chance at the other end.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:10 PM

 

Power play looked good but needed a goal there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:18 PM

 

I do not feel at rest right now. (understatement)

I can't wait for this to be over.

I TAKE THAT BACK! Hahaha. I <3 Helm <3

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/10/2009 at 7:27 PM

 

Helm! What now, bitches?!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:27 PM

 

YEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!! HEEEEEEELLLLLLLMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/10/2009 at 7:28 PM

 

Awesome. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

I can go to school happy tomorrow!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/10/2009 at 7:34 PM

 

Zata with the ENG! f*ck yeah!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:34 PM

 

Zetterberg: the Enpty net specialist.

And this thing's official.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/10/2009 at 7:37 PM

 

The Ducks try to thug it up, of course, but this sh*t is over. Whew.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:38 PM

 

And there likely goes the series. At least mah boys beat the Sharks...

Posted by Shade on 5/10/2009 at 7:40 PM

 

And there likely goes the series. At least mah boys beat the Sharks...


I'd hardly say the series is over but we do thank you for eliminating San Jose.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

Carlyle say's Cleary had both feet in the crease on the Helm goal i didn't get to watch is there any truth to this?

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/10/2009 at 8:14 PM

 

At least one foot. And what does it matter? You're allowed to be in the crease, the crease rule is gone.

And over at A2Y I called it that they'd bitch about that goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/10/2009 at 8:40 PM

 

At least one foot. And what does it matter? You're allowed to be in the crease, the crease rule is gone.And over at A2Y I called it that they'd bitch about that goal.


yeah i figured as much when i heard him crying hope he has his big box of kleenex tuesday might as well make a big show out of it for the final post game press conference of the year it wouldn't surprise me if he compared our guy's to the Hanson bros. since we are so horribly dirty and get babied by the league HAHAHAHA!!!

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/10/2009 at 9:38 PM

 

I was there! Helm so deserved that goal...he worked for it every shift. And Hudler's goal was masterful! How hard is it to hit a puck out of the air like that? Osgood was amazing--Anaheim didn't get many shots, but many of the shots they did get were excellent chances to score.

I hope they put this one away on Tuesday.

Posted by OldBroad on 5/10/2009 at 10:16 PM

 

I tell ya.. I'm a believer in Franzen.. The guy is a machine!

Posted by klaitinen on 5/11/2009 at 9:48 AM

 

I tell ya.. I'm a believer in Franzen.. The guy is a machine!


Mitch Albom's column in today's Free Press is devoted to that thinking also.

Posted by OldBroad on 5/11/2009 at 12:11 PM

 

lets finish it game 6

you never know what can happen in a game 7

i love you niedermayer but its time for stanley cup number 2 buddy

Posted by henrikkevzetterberg on 5/11/2009 at 9:02 PM

 

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Jiri Hudler

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