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BIG MOMENTS - May 10, 2009: ANA @ DET

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Anaheim at Detroit - Game 5

A) Hiller stones Franzen - In this all-important Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings did everything they could in the first period to grab the momentum. Unfortunately for them, Jonas Hiller was prepared for the challenge.

After hitting the post 45 seconds into the game, Franzen was given another chance to beat Hiller. Valtteri Filppula caught a pass at the Anaheim blue line and lost an edge, but from his knees he made a perfect chip pass right on the tape of Franzen's stick. Franzen one-timed the puck to the far side, but Hiller was there to make the tremendous kick save.

Hiller was flawless in the opening period and kept the Ducks in the game early on, as he stopped all 14 Detroit shots he faced.


B) Franzen opens the scoring - After playing a dominant first period, the Red Wings came out with the same caliber of play in the second period. Having already hit the post in the opening period, Johan Franzen made sure his shot went in this time.

After a Ryan Getzlaf turnover in the Detroit zone, Justin Abdelkader fed a pass to Franzen, who skated down the right wing against Anaheim defenseman Ryan Whitney. Forcing Whitney to think he would skate outside, Franzen sharply cut to the center of the ice and wristed a shot past Chris Osgood, off the inside of the crossbar and into the net.

Abdelkader recorded his first NHL point, as he assisted on Franzen's fifth goal of this series to give Detroit a commanding 1-0 lead in Game 5.


C) Hiller stops Datsyuk, but not Hudler - Jonas Hiller was doing everything he could to keep the Ducks in this game. Moments after Detroit grabbed a 1-0 lead, Hiller stopped Pavel Datsyuk on a phenomenal scoring attempt. But there was nothing he could do about Jiri Hudler's goal just 19 seconds after stopping Datsyuk.

After a crucial miscue between Ducks players, Brett Lebda came up with the puck and slid it over to Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg then walked in and took a shot that was blocked away by Hiller. With the rebound floating in the air, Hudler came in and batted the puck out of midair and into the back of the net.

The play was reviewed and stood, as Hudler's goal that came 39 seconds after Franzen's gave the Wings a 2-0 lead.


D) Whitney gets Ducks on board - Looking for any sign of life with under five minutes to go in the second period, the Ducks found an unlikely hero in Ryan Whitney.

Erik Christensen controlled the puck along the boards and, after a give-and-go with Andrew Ebbett, Christensen moved in towards Chris Osgood. He deked to his backhand and tried to squeeze the puck in from behind the net, but the puck eventually found its way to the top of the circle. Whitney picked up the loose puck and wristed a shot through several screens and past Osgood to pull the Ducks within one goal.

Whitney's first goal as a Duck gave Anaheim hope in a game that had been dominated by Detroit up until this point.


E) Osgood robs Christensen - Minutes after the Ducks got on the scoreboard, Chris Osgood was forced to come up with a huge save to hold Detroit's lead.

With the Ducks establishing steady pressure for the first time in the game, Ryan Getzlaf passed the puck to Teemu Selanne from his knees. Selanne walked in and made an amazing pass over Valtteri Filppula's stick to Erik Christensen at the door step. Osgood lunged to try and cut the angle off, but Christensen deked to his backhand and appeared to have an empty net at which to shoot. But Osgood reached back with his glove hand and robbed Christensen from tying the game.

Osgood's phenomenal save prevented the Ducks from scoring the improbable equalizer and sent Christensen back to the bench in awe.


FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 4, Ducks 1









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