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BIG MOMENTS - May 14, 2009: ANA @ DET

Thursday, 05.14.2009 / 10:47 PM / Conference Semifinals: Detroit vs. Anaheim

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Anaheim at Detroit - Game 7

A) Ozzy beats the Wiz - With Anaheim and Detroit scoreless early, the Ducks were putting on the pressure. As the Wings were handcuffed by a delayed penalty call, Corey Perry took a puck off the back wall behind the Detroit net and wheeled it out to the left faceoff circle. Perry zipped the puck over to James Wisniewski who had streaked in the slot behind Dan Cleary.

Wisniewski put a shot on the open net as he sneaked past the Detroit defense, but Chris Osgood slid back to the right post to make a diving save, preserving the scoreless tie.



B) Selanne Strikes - After being on the business end of a big hit by Detroit's Brad Stuart, Teemu Selanne left the ice. But the future Hall of Famer returned just in time. With the Ducks facing a 2-0 deficit, Ryan Whitney fired a blast from left point that was stopped in front of the net. The puck trickled past Chris Osgood and past the left post, but Selanne made a move to beat Stuart, and pick up the rubber on his backhand.

Selanne moved the puck from his backhand to his forehand as he skated past the net and dumped it into the goal for the Ducks' first score on the night. The tally pulled Anaheim back within one after it appeared Detroit might be skating away with the series.


C) Samuelsson Capitalizes - After Detroit cleared the puck out of its defensive zone, Valtteri Filppula out-raced James Wisniewski and came up with the puck at center ice. Filppula kept possession of the puck despite falling to the ice and outdueling both Wisniewski and Drew Miller, before dishing it on a backhand to Pavel Datsyuk. While Datsyuk didn't beat Jonas Hiller with the ensuing shot, he did get his own rebound.

Datsyuk passed it back to Mikael Samuelsson, who had entered the offensive zone, and Samuelsson put the puck past a screened Hiller, giving the Wings a 3-1 lead moments after Teemu Selanne had put the Ducks on the board.


D) Ryan knots it up - After Detroit jumped out to a two-goal lead, Corey Perry scored on a power play late in the second period to close the gap. Perry would come up big again in the middle of the third. With the Ducks giving the Wings all they could handle, Perry took the puck on the left side of the net and fed it through the crease to a waiting Bobby Ryan.

Ryan tipped the puck into the net, silencing the crowd at the Joe, tying the game and setting the stage for a nail-biting close to Game 7.



E) Cleary's big push - With the clock winding down and Game 7 seemingly headed for overtime, Henrik Zetterberg took the puck in the corner and centered it toward the net on his backhand. The puck bounced behind Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller, who had the puck under his leg. But Dan Cleary, waiting in front of the goal, put pressure on Hiller despite the physical presence of Ryan Getzlaf trying to force him from the crease.

Cleary managed to push Hiller's right pad with his stick, knocking the puck into the net and giving Detroit a 4-3 lead with three minutes to go. The tally would hold up, sending the Wings back to the Western Conference Finals.



FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 4, Ducks 3









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