Ducks Beat Red Wings 2-1 to Force Game 7

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Anaheim Ducks made sure there would be no road clincher by the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist and Jonas Hiller made 38 saves as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Tuesday to force a decisive Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Scott Niedermayer and Bobby Ryan added assists for the Ducks, who built a two-goal lead in the second period and managed to shut down the Red Wings until Johan Franzen brought Detroit within a goal with 2:25 to play.

Game 7 will be in Detroit on Thursday, with the winner moving on to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals.

Led by their top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan, the Ducks matched the Red Wings' up-tempo attack stride for stride and avoided elimination. The Red Wings had clinched their last eight playoff series wins with victories on the road, and seemed poised to do the same after outskating and outshooting Anaheim 78-45 in consecutive wins in Games 4 and 5.

But facing elimination, the Ducks returned to the form that carried the team to a league-best 10-2-1 mark in the final weeks of the season, then through a first-round upset of the Presidents' Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks.

Anaheim's best postseason players also got back in form.

Getzlaf generated 16 points in 11 games to open the playoffs, but was held without a point in Game 5. He responded with his seventh multiple-point game of the playoffs.

Hiller yielded 10 goals in the last two games, but he returned to the stinginess that carried the Ducks to wins in Games 2 and 3 of the series.

"I think everybody stepped up and played hard and we deserved to win and go on to Game 7," Hiller said. "It was a tough fight, 60 minutes, a close game again, and emotions were unloading at the end.

"We have to play with emotions to have a chance to win."

Chris Osgood made 26 saves for the Red Wings and was especially sharp early as the Ducks outshot Detroit 12-8 in a quick-paced first period.

After failing to score on an initial man-advantage in the opening minute of the second period, the Ducks went back on the power play when Niklas Kronwall lofted the puck over the glass in the Detroit zone.

Getzlaf knocked Daniel Cleary off the puck behind the Ducks' net to begin a rush. He finished the play by outmuscling defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to tap in a loose puck in the Detroit crease 2:21 into the second period.

The Red Wings threatened, helped in part by a pair of power plays, controlling play in the Anaheim zone. Then Perry batted a fluttering 50-foot shot from the left point by Getzlaf past Osgood to make it 2-0.


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