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Ducks vs Red Wings - 2013 SCP Conference Quarterfinals

Ducks' Lydman leaves with injury

NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman left the second period of Game 3 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night after a hit by Justin Abdelkader.

Lydman was helped to the dressing room. The Ducks said he was being evaluated and would not return.

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Youth serving both Ducks, Red Wings well

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- This Western Conference Quarterfinals series does not lack for star power.

There are multiple players on the Anaheim Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings who likely will have a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame a few years after their careers have ended. That said, both of these rosters feature young players who are experiencing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first or second time.

Not only are these young players learning what the playoffs at the game's highest level are all about, but they are playing key roles.

"It has been awesome," said Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri, who scored during the Ducks' furious comeback in Game 2. "We're all guys that are excited to get this opportunity, and you have some guys in here that are 20, 21 years old and me being 22, it is awesome to experience this so early in our careers. Game 1 there was definitely those jitters, but it has been exciting so far and hopefully we can continue to bring some energy."

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Red Wings' DeKeyser to miss rest of playoffs

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Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a broken thumb, which he sustained in the third period of the Red Wings' 5-4 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday in Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

"He's done," Babcock said, adding, "when we lost DeKeyser, that was a big blow."

DeKeyser signed with the Red Wings in early April after his season ended at Western Michigan University and stepped right into the lineup. He provided an element of speed and puck-moving ability on the back end, and played so well he jumped ahead of veterans Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo on the depth chart. In Game 1 against Anaheim, DeKeyser logged 19:31 in ice time, the second-highest total of his career.

Babcock did not say which defenseman -- White, Colaiacovo or rookie Brian Lashoff -- would replace DeKeyser when the series resumes with Game 3 on Saturday in Detroit (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

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Steady Beauchemin sets Ducks playoff goals record

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Francois Beauchemin won't be teasing Scott Niedermayer anytime soon.

Francois Beauchemin
Defense - ANA
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 1 | +/-: 1
Beauchemin didn't even know he broke Niedermayer's franchise record for goals by a defensemen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs until a reporter told him.

"Oh, really?" Beauchemin said with a laugh.

He added, "No, I don't think I'll do it [rib Niedermayer]. He can tease me for a lot more things than I did."

Joking aside, Beauchemin's value was on display in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings, who will try to even the best-of-7 series Thursday night at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

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Ducks veterans understand opportunity before them

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- There's no way Sheldon Souray could have predicted what would transpire after he walked off the ice at Bell Centre on May 2, 2006.

His Montreal Canadiens lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Another seven years would pass until Souray made the Stanley Cup Playoffs again. His career would take him to two other teams and a detour in the American Hockey League before he resurrected it with the Anaheim Ducks.

Nearly seven years to the day, Souray, 36, will get a second chance when Anaheim opens the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

"These opportunities, especially with a team like we've got here, we have an opportunity to do something special," Souray said. "It's been a long time since we've had that opportunity, so it's going to be exciting."

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Ducks vs. Red Wings series preview

NHL.com Staff

Ducks

 Seed: 230-12-6 • 66Pts.

Red Wings

 Seed: 724-16-856Pts.

The Detroit Red Wings had to go to the final night of the season to extend the longest current Stanley Cup Playoff streak to 22 seasons. The retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom left a huge hole on the blue line that was aggravated by injuries, and the offense has often struggled to score. Goaltender Jimmy Howard doesn't get a lot of attention but he might have had his best season; his play was the one constant in a season of change.

The Anaheim Ducks raced out to a big lead and coasted to the Pacific Division title, though their level of play dropped markedly in April. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, two-thirds of the Ducks' first line, each signed a big contract last month to stay in Anaheim; now they have to produce. The Ducks need more scoring from forward Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne, who slumped after good starts. The defense is solid though unheralded, and the goaltending combination of Jonas Hiller and 30-year-old Swedish first-year player Viktor Fasth gives coach Bruce Boudreau options in net.

The Ducks open with two games at Honda Center, where they won 13 in a row in one stretch this season. But Anaheim was 7-5-1 in April, and it'll be facing a Detroit team that's gotten better as it's gotten healthier.

Detroit won two out of three meetings this season and won the prior time these teams met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, taking a seven-game Western Conference Semifinal in 2009.

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Five Questions: Red Wings ride finish into playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It was a long season filled with injuries and inconsistencies for the Detroit Red Wings, but they got healthy and their game pointed the right way when it mattered most. It allowed them to make a strong closing kick to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season.

Jimmy Howard
Goalie - DET
RECORD: 21-13-7
GAA: 2.13 | SVP: 0.923

However, not all is rosy for the Red Wings, who needed a final-game victory to assure a place in the playoffs. Their best offensive players are on the high side of 30 years old, their special teams were average at best and they had injury problems all season on defense.

Yet the Red Wings fought through all their issues to get back to the postseason. Now comes the hard part: winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 2008.

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Why the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It wasn't easy for the Detroit Red Wings to extend their string of playoff appearances to 22 seasons, but a sensational late push got them there.

They finished April going 7-3-3, including winning the final four, a strong run that, in a way, mirrored what the Los Angeles Kings did last season to clinch a playoff spot. A strong closing kick sparked the Kings to the Stanley Cup last year, and it can do the same for the Red Wings.

These aren't the Red Wings of a decade ago, who overwhelmed teams with their star power. It isn't even the Red Wings team of a half-decade ago, a group that was powered by Nicklas Lidstrom, a Hall of Fame defenseman.

A few of the players from the Wings' last Cup champion remain, and though they may be older, they're still capable of carrying the Red Wings to 16 more postseason wins.

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X-Factor: Nyquist a threat on Red Wings' third line

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Detroit Red Wings are a team renowned for moving slowly when it comes to developing their top prospects. Jimmy Howard and Brendan Smith are two of many who have spent extended periods in the minors developing their game.

However, Detroit quickened the pace with youngster Gustav Nyquist -- partly because he's forced the team to do so.

Gustav Nyquist
Center - DET
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 46 | +/-: 0
A 2008 fourth-round pick, Nyquist spent three seasons at the University of Maine, where he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist twice. He left school to sign with the Red Wings after the 2010-11 season and finished that season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, totaling four points in eight games.

It was a small sample size, but gave a hint of what was to come.

He had 56 points in 58 AHL games last season, which earned him a promotion to the NHL. In 18 games with the Red Wings, he had a goal and six assists.

Sent back to the AHL to start the 2012-13 season, he remained there even after the lockout ended. But when the call came from the Red Wings on March 20, Nyquist was leading the AHL with 60 points in 58 games.

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Why the Ducks will win the Stanley Cup

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

When the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, among their leading playoff scorers were a pair of second-year forwards named Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who were just starting to come into their own.

Six years later, Getzlaf and Perry comprise two-thirds of a dynamic top line that can push a championship contender over the top when it operates at peak efficiency. Bobby Ryan suffered through a major goal slump during the second half of the regular season, but if he finds his touch, the Ducks' No. 1 unit can score with the best of them.

Make no mistake, though, the Ducks are far from a one-line team. Andrew Cogliano, Teemu Selanne and Kyle Palmieri all cracked double-digits in goals and, along with Saku Koivu, they all recorded at least 20 points. Daniel Winnik was a welcome addition who showed the ability to chip in offensively, and Radek Dvorak provided a shot in the arm after his late-season arrival.

Francois Beauchemin's name might not be the first to enter the mind when considering shut-down defensemen who can withstand the rigors of multiple playoff rounds, but he's quietly put together an outstanding season. Sheldon Souray is another veteran who brings a unique skill set on the blue line with his cannon shot from the point.

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh