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What pressure? Anaheim Ducks enjoying the playoff ride heading to Game 5 vs tenacious Detroit

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 7:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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What pressure? Anaheim Ducks enjoying the playoff ride heading to Game 5 vs tenacious Detroit

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf knows the Anaheim Ducks could be getting frustrated.

Instead, he thinks they're just getting started.

The Ducks have controlled long stretches of their first-round matchup with Detroit, yet the series is even heading into Game 5 on Wednesday night at Honda Center. Anaheim's stellar regular-season play and formidable talent haven't mattered to the Red Wings, who sneaked out two overtime victories despite playing with a lead in just one of the series' four games.

After the Red Wings peppered Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller with 49 shots in Game 4, the Ducks are hoping to increase their own offensive pressure on Jimmy Howard in Wednesday's pivotal matchup.

Although it's getting tense, the Ducks say they're enjoying the pressure in just their second playoff series in four years.

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