Coming off an exhausting seven-game series with the Anaheim Ducks
, the Detroit Red Wings
will take on their Original Six rival, the Chicago Blackhawks
. These two teams have already been under the spotlight as they clashed earlier this season in the Winter Classic showdown on New Year's Day.
Reaching the Western Conference Finals for the third straight year, captain Nicklas Lidstrom
will look to lead his veteran squad to its second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance. However, the young, energetic and hungry Hawks will attempt to slow down this surging dynasty and start their own Stanley Cup run.
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 from Detroit's series victory over the Anaheim Ducks
in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Game 1: DETROIT 3, ANAHEIM 2 | Video | Photos
Lidstrom puts Wings ahead (40.14 % 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.
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 4: DETROIT 6, ANAHEIM 3 | Video | Photos
Hossa gives Wings the lead (31.77 % 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.
Game 5: DETROIT 4, ANAHEIM 1 | Video | Photos
Osgood robs Christensen (42.00% of vote)
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.
Game 7: DETROIT 4, ANAHEIM 3 | Video | Photos
Cleary's big push (59.67 % of vote)
With the clock winding down and Game 7 seemingly headed for overtime, Henrik Zetterberg
took the puck in the corner and centered it toward the net on his backhand. The puck bounced behind Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller
, who had the puck under his leg. But Dan Cleary
, waiting in front of the goal, put pressure on Hiller despite the physical presence of Ryan Getzlaf
trying to force him from the crease.
Cleary managed to push Hiller's right pad with his stick, knocking the puck into the net and giving Detroit a 4-3 lead with three minutes to go. The tally would hold up, sending the Wings back to the Western Conference Finals.