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Detroit at Anaheim - Game 6
A) Ericsson bails out Ozzy -
With the game still scoreless at the beginning of the second period, Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson
made an important play while Chris Osgood
was caught out of his crease.
had dumped the puck into the Red Wings' zone and Osgood had gone behind his net to make a clear. Andrew Ebbett
, however, got to the puck at the same time as Osgood and challenged the Detroit goaltender for possession, getting a pass off to Ryan. With Osgood stuck behind his goal, Ryan made a move, but Ericsson broke up the play and Niklas Kronwall
sent the puck over the glass.
B) Getzlaf gives Ducks lead -
In what appeared to be a very defensive-minded game, the Ducks struck first with a power-play goal early in the second period.
After Niklas Kronwall
was given a two-minute penalty for shooting the puck over the glass, Ryan Getzlaf
decided to take things into his own hands. He carried the puck from his own end of the ice all the way into Detroit territory. He then jammed on the brakes and dealt a pass back to Chris Pronger
at the point. Pronger then slid it over to Scott Niedermayer
, who fired a shot on goal that was stopped by Chris Osgood
. Getzlaf, however, was there to stuff home the rebound.
The best player for the Ducks came through again, this time giving Anaheim a crucial 1-0 lead in this desperation game.
C) Perry puts Ducks up 2-0 -
This time it was Corey Perry
who delivered the big play for the Ducks. Clinging to a one-goal lead, Perry turned a great defensive play into a goal.
With an odd man rush, the Red Wings brought the puck into the Anaheim zone with a glaring scoring opportunity. Out of nowhere, a diving Perry broke up an attempted pass towards the net. As play continued at the other end of the ice, Perry hustled back and found himself where he is the most useful -- in front of the net. Ryan Getzlaf
had the puck at the point and released a shot that Perry tipped through the five-hole of Chris Osgood
Perry’s deflection goal gave the Ducks a commanding 2-0 lead, one his team would have never had if not for his work on the opposite end of the ice.
D) Hiller halts Filppula - Jonas Hiller
was solid all game long, making consistent save after save, and he came through yet again midway through the third period for the Ducks.
controlled the puck in the Anaheim zone looking to create some sort of offensive threat for the Red Wings. Valtteri Filppula
set a subtle screen on defenseman James Wisniewski
, creating more space for the playmaker Datsyuk. The Russian star then drew Scott Niedermayer
towards him and fed the puck over to Filppula, who walked in from a tough angle and tried to backhand a shot five-hole on Hiller, but the Ducks' goalie closed the gap immediately and stopped the scoring chance on the doorstep.
stopped 38 shots in the contest, forcing a Game 7 Thursday night in Detroit.
E) Franzen pulls Wings within one
- With Andrew Ebbett
in the box for tripping, the Red Wings desperately needed to get a shot past Jonas Hiller
. Their power play delivered, and who else other than Johan Franzen
controlled the puck along the top of the circle in Anaheim's zone, and then fed a pass down low to Jiri Hudler
, who delivered a quick one-time pass to Franzen. "The Mule" was planted in front of the net, where he scores most of his goals, and tipped the puck over Jonas Hiller
's pad to get the Wings on the board.
This perfect tic-tac-toe play gave Detroit a spark as they trailed, 2-1, with just 2:25 remaining in the game.
FINAL SCORE: Ducks 2, Red Wings 1