Red Wings Fall to Ducks in Game One, 3-1

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t hold off the Anaheim Ducks’ special teams on Tuesday night, with two power-play goals propelling the Ducks to a 3-1 win over Detroit in the opening game of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Detroit’s lone goal of the game was also a power play tally and Anaheim rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal, meaning all four goals in the game came with an extra attacker on the ice.

Nick Bonino opened the game’s scoring for the Ducks at 10:24 of the first period, deflecting a Cam Fowler shot from the point past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard just three seconds into Anaheim’s first power play of the game.

With 3:55 remaining in the period, Daniel Cleary tied things up when Jakub Kindl‘s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle bounced off him and trickled past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

After a scoreless second period, Teemu Selanne snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Howard just 1:29 into the third to put the Ducks up 2-1.

The Red Wings were unable to recover and with 23 seconds remaining, Francois Beauchemin threw the puck from his own end into the empty net off a faceoff win to wrap up the game’s scoring.

Each team had four power play tries, with the Red Wings getting one goal to Anaheim’s two.

Howard made 24 saves on 26 shots against. Hiller stopped 21 of 22 Detroit shots.

The teams will meet again on Thursday for Game Two of the series.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Ducks – Game 1 – 4/30

The Red Wings open their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Ducks tonight in Anaheim.

The teams have met four times previously in the playoffs, with each team taking two series. Both teams have gone on to win the Stanley Cup once after a Detroit-Anaheim matchup.

Stupid stat of the day: Detroit is 3-1 in the first game of a series in Anaheim and 3-1 in a Game One against Anaheim. This is the first time the teams have opened a series in Anaheim, so that first set of games would all be Game Three.

The Red Wings will be going with the same lineup as won the last four games of the season to get them into the playoffs. This means that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson will be healthy scratches up front while Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brian Lashoff are out on the blue line. Jimmy Howard gets the start in the Detroit net.

Game time is 10:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings’ First-Round Schedule Set

The National Hockey League announced the schedule for the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday.

Seventh-seeded Detroit will face second-seeded Anaheim in a Western Conference Quarterfinal set to begin at the Honda Center on April 30.

The full schedule is as follows. All games will be televised in Detroit on Fox Sports Detroit.

The Red Wings’ 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time / TV
April 30, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Away 10:30 PM; FSD
May 2, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Away 10:00 PM; FSD
May 4, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Home 7:30 PM; FSD
May 6, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Home 8:00 PM; FSD
May 8, 2013* Anaheim Ducks Away 10:00 PM; FSD
May 10, 2013* Anaheim Ducks Home TBD; FSD
May 12, 2013* Anaheim Ducks Away TBD; FSD

Games four, five and six will only be played if necessary.