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With their series tied at 2-2, the Red Wings and Ducks have marked their fifth-ever playoff meeting with a lot of clutch scoring.

As we have been doing throughout the playoffs, NHL.com is tracking the Big Moments from every game with you, the fan, voting for your favorites.  Below are the Big Moments you have voted for through the first four games of the Western Conference Semifinals between Detroit and Anaheim.

Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!


Game 1: DETROIT 3, ANAHEIM 2 | Video | Photos

Lidstrom puts Wings up (40.54 % of vote)

With the game deadlocked at 2-2 and under a minute to go in regulation, Norris Trophy nominee and Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom sent the Joe Louis faithful into a frenzy.

Daniel Cleary picked up the puck along the boards in the Anaheim zone, feedng a pass to Lidstrom, who one-timed the puck on goal from the top of the circle. Jonas Hiller made the initial save with Johan Franzen screening him in front, but the rebound was left for Lidstrom to pounce on. The Detroit captain slid the puck through the legs of Hiller with 49.1 seconds remaining, giving Detroit a late one-goal lead in a very evenly-played game.

Lidstrom finished the contest with two goals and an assist, clearly the most dominant player in a 3-2 Red Wings victory over the Ducks in Game 1.


Game 2: ANAHEIM 4, DETROIT 3 (3OT) | Video | Photos

Marchant ends 3rd OT (53.86 % of vote)

After two scoreless overtime periods, Todd Marchant ended the marathon just 1:15 into the third extra session.

Known for his playoff heroics in the past, Marchant carried the puck and weaved through a defender and across the Detroit blue line. With Rob Niedermayer driving to the net and screening Chris Osgood, Marchant wristed a shot over the glove hand of Osgood and into the top corner of the net.

Marchant's first goal of the 2009 playoffs ended the longest game this postseason, and gave the Ducks a decisive 4-3 victory over the Red Wings, evening the series at 1-1 heading back to Anaheim.


Game 3: ANAHEIM 2, DETROIT 1 | Video | Photos

Selanne breakaway beauty (36.42 % of vote)

Having taken three overtime sessions to defeat the Red Wings in Game 2, the Ducks had momentum and energy on their side having the home crowd behind them in Game 3.   
 
Nearly 13 minutes into the first period, the Ducks lost a faceoff in their own end, but transitioned quickly when Teemu Selanne blocked a Red Wings' pass at the blue line. Ryan Carter collected the deflection and immediately found the streaking Selanne, who had already gotten behind Chris Chelios up ice. Selanne capped the breakaway with a soft backhand past Chris Osgood, giving the Ducks a 1-0 edge early.


Game 4: DETROIT 6, ANAHEIM 3 | Video | Photos

Hossa gives Wings lead (32.9 % of vote)

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.


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