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BIG MOMENTS - May 7, 2009: DET @ ANA

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Detroit at Anaheim - Game 4

A) Already owning a 2-1 series lead and playing at home in Anaheim, the Ducks wanted to come out in Game 4 and put the Red Wings on their heels. They did so in a big way.

Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck into the Anaheim zone with a head of steam, but rookie Bobby Ryan proved he isn’t just a goal scorer, as he back checked and forced a turnover. Chris Pronger came out with the puck and made an outlet pass to Corey Perry, who skated into Detroit territory. Perry then released a sneaky wrist shot that beat Chris Osgood, rang off the far post and went into the back of the net.

The Ducks were flying high as they grabbed a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into Game 4.


B) Having already scored to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period, Johan Franzen continued his dominant play in the 2009 playoffs.

With the opening period winding down, Jonas Hiller stopped the puck behind the net and wound it around the boards. Unfortunately for Anaheim, the puck didn't find its way out of the zone. Niklas Kronwall kept it in at the blue line and fired the puck towards the net. As Hiller raced back into position, Franzen deflected the puck past him with just 36 seconds to go in the first period.

The "Mule’s" second goal of the game gave Detroit a 2-1 lead and proved that the defending Stanley Cup champs wouldn’t go quietly.


C) With just under four minutes to go in the second period and the score tied at two apiece, Marian Hossa gave Detroit a tremendous lift.

After an Anaheim turnover in their own zone, Johan Franzen found Hossa open in the slot. Hossa received the pass and snapped a shot through the screen of Chris Pronger and past Jonas Hiller.

The goal came about five minutes after the Ducks had tied the game, and perhaps it gave Hossa a big boost of confidence, as we would hear more from him later on in the second.



D) At the end of the second period, things began to look a little too familiar for the Anaheim Ducks. But this time, instead of Johan Franzen scoring his second goal of the night, it would be Marian Hossa.

With Detroit on the power play and the Red Wings controlling play, Nicklas Lidstrom found Hossa at the top of the circle. All in one motion, Hossa caught the pass and released a quick shot that beat Jonas Hiller short side.

Hossa's second goal of the night came with 56 seconds remaining in the second period. It was the second time in the game that Detroit scored in the final minute of the period; goals like that usually prove crucial.


E) Trailing 5-2 and desperately trying to get back into the game, Scott Niedermayer came through in a big way for the Ducks.

On just their third power play of the game, Ryan Getzlaf walked the puck in and hit Corey Perry down low with a pass. Perry then fed the puck through the Detroit defense to Scott Niedermayer waiting at the hash marks. Niedermayer immediately shot the puck past the diving Johan Franzen and Chris Osgood.

The power-play goal with 9:57 remaining in the game cut the Detroit lead to 5-3. Anaheim eventually lost the game, but Niedermayer's third goal of the playoffs gave the Ducks hope at the time.


FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 6, Ducks 3









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