Game 3 - Detroit 5, Ducks 0
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - As much as the Ducks were looking forward to returning home for Game 3 with momentum on their side, this is certainly not what they had in mind.
Detroit scored four unanswered goals in the first 23:34 on their way to stunning Anaheim with a 5-0 rout, giving the Red Wings a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals series.
The 5-0 Detroit win was the Ducks' largest margin of defeat all season.
A third-period Detroit goal made it 5-0, marking the largest margin of defeat suffered by the Ducks all season. It also was the first time the Ducks were shut out at home in the postseason since April 27, 1999, also against Detroit.
"They were obviously the better team tonight," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "Simple as that."
Said Scott Niedermayer, "I'm sure there's going to be pretty easy pickings for the video to find things we can do better. Too many penalties. We weren't playing our structure the way we wanted to play. They played well. We played poorly. It's simple."
Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere, who had been nearly flawless throughout the playoffs, struggled and was pulled after the third Detroit goal. That one came from Todd Bertuzzi 3:17 into the second, when a Dan Cleary shot ricocheted off Giguere and then off Bertuzzi's thigh into the net. Replacement Ilya Bryzgalov, seeing his first action since Game 5 of the first round, didn't fare much better as Holmstrom's second goal came just 17 seconds later. A Valtteri Filppula attempt was saved by Bryzgalov, but the puck rolled to Holstrom and he banged it in.
Johan Franzen opened the scoring for Detroit 11:09 into the game, one-timing a Mikael Samuelsson pass into an open right side of the net.
The Ducks were clearly frustrated in a nightmare of a second stanza in which they managed only two shots on goal. After the fourth Detroit goal of the game, Anaheim committed five straight penalties through the end of the period. Among them was a boarding call against Rob Niedermayer that gave Holmstrom two cuts that required stitches and earned Niedermayer a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
"Obviously things really spiraled down quickly for our group in the second," Carlyle said. "Obviously, our frustration level got up there, and we didn't show the necessary discipline that's required. It just seemed to have a snowball effect."
The Ducks didn't give up any more goals during that march to the penalty box, but they did surrender another 10:58 into the third. Holmstrom picked up his third point of the night with a nice feed to Filpulla, who redirected it into an open left side of the cage.
Said Carlyle, "What we have to do is readjust and assess where we made our mistakes. We'll be judged by our effort in the next one. We can't do anything about this one."
"Tonight wasn't our game," Giguere said. "But it's the first one to four wins, not the first one to two wins. We're just going to have to dig down and work better next game."
Game 4 returns to Honda Center on Thursday at 6 p.m.
20:00 - END OF GAME - It's 5-0 Red Wings and they take a 2-1 lead in the series.
19:52 - DET PENALTY - Kirk Maltby, 4 min. (double minor) high sticking. Just when the Ducks think they're getting out of here, Maltby cuts Getzlaf.
17:01 - ANA PENALTY and DET PENALTY, ANA Samuel Pahlsson, 2 min. holding and DET Mikael Samuelsson, 2 min. cross checking.
15:04 - ANA PENALTY - Brad May, 2 min. slashing.
Might be going out on a limb, but it doesn't look like the Ducks can come back in this one.
11:20 - DET PENALTY - Andreas Lilja, 2 min. slashing. That breaks a forgettable streak for Anaheim.
10:58 - DETROIT GOAL - VALTERRI FILPULLA - Holmstrom gives Filpulla a cross-ice pass that Filpulla one-times into an open left side of the net. Believe it or not, it's 5-0 Detroit.
6:43 - ANA PENALTY - Teemu Selanne, 2 min. tripping. That's eight straight penalties for the Ducks.
It was announced that Holmstrom took stitches to two cuts to the forehead as the result of the Rob Niedermayer hit and is expected to return.
0:00 - We're underway in the third as the Ducks try to salvage something.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - And it was a disastrous one for the Ducks. They give up two goals in the first 3:34, followed by five straight penalties. Thankfully, for Anaheim, no Red Wings goals during that time.
16:56 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. roughing. The Ducks frustration is definitely evident.
16:40 - The Niedermayer penalty expires with no damage. That's the closest thing to a positive for the Ducks right now.
12:27 - Samuel Pahlsson charges down on a breakway, but his shot attempt is slowed by what looked like a thrown stick by Lidstrom. Pahlsson and Lidstrom do some pushing and shoving after the Hasek save.
11:40 - ANA PENALTY - ROB NIEDERMAYER, 5 min. major and game misconduct for boarding. Niedermayer won't be coming back.
11:40 - Chris Pronger and Rob Niedermayer simultaneously put a crushing hit on Holmstrom against the boards in the Anaheim zone. And he's not getting up right away.
9:39 - ANA PENALTY - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. hooking. Okay, maybe they can.
7:10 - ANA PENALTY - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Things can't get much worse for the Ducks now.
3:52 - ANA PENALTY - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking.
3:34 - DETROIT GOAL - TOMAS HOLSTROM - Valterri Filppula attempts a wraparound attempt that Bryzgalov saves, but the loose puck finds Holstrom's stick and he bats it back in. It's 4-0 Detroit.
3:17 - Ilya Bryzgalov replaces Giguere in goal.
3:17 - DETROIT GOAL - TODD BERTUZZI - Dan Cleary fires a wrister from the right circle that first hits off Giguere, then off Bertuzzi's thigh and into the net. Wings go up 3-0.
0:00 - The puck hits the ice for the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks manage to outshoot Detroit 14-9, but can't get any past Hasek and give up two. Not the start Anaheim was hoping for in its return home.
19:17 - DETROIT GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TOMAS HOLMSTROM - Henrik Zetterberg skates down the left wing and flips a pass to a streaking Holmstrom who one-times it past J.S. Giguere. Francois Beauchemin overcommitted toward Zetterberg on the play and couldn't recover before Holmstrom shot it. It's 2-0 Detroit.
18:37 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. Just as the penalty is getting close to expiring, Pronger's stick gets stuck in a helmetless Bertuzzi.
18:25 - Funny scene as Sean O'Donnell knocks away Todd Bertuzzi's loose helmet from the ice like hitting a golf ball. It wasn't on his head at the time, by the way.
16:47 - ANA PENALTY - Brad May, 2 min. interference. First PP for the Wings.
The video screen shows Sasha Cohen in the crowd, waving a Ducks towel.
13:23 - DET PENALTY - Tomas Kopecky, 2 min. delay of game. Kopecky clears the puck over the glass. The Ducks go on their second power play of the night. Detroit hasn't allowed a power play goal in six straight games (28 straight kills).
11:09 - DETROIT GOAL - JOHAN FRANZEN - Mikael Samuelsson slides a nifty cross ice pass from the right corner that goes through Scott Niedermayer's legs and right to Franzen, who one-times it in the open net. It's 1-0 Detroit.
7:05 - Detroit kills the penalty, making the Ducks 0-13 on the power play in this series. However, in Game 2 they did score two goals right as Detroit penalties were expiring.
6:54 - Andy McDonald one-times one from the top of the right circle, but Hasek makes a nice save.
5:05 - DET PENALTY - Tomas Kopecky, 2 min hooking. The rookie playing in his first playoff game commits his first playoff penalty.
4:48 - Scott Niedermayer steals the puck in the Detroit zone, makes a move and his shot is saved by Hasek on his knees.
1:45 - Travis Moen fires a shot from the slot that Dominik Hasek gloves up near the right shoulder.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 3. It's a late-arriving crowd, but they seem ready to yell.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; DET Dominik Hasek
Starting Skaters: ANA Francois Beauchemin, Samuel Pahlsson, Scott Niedermayer, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; DET Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Danny Markov, Tomas Holmstrom
Scratches: ANA Sebastien Caron, Mark Hartigan, Chris Kunitz, George Parros, Drew Miller, Aaron Rome, Joe Motzko; DET Jimmy Howard, Matt Ellis, Josh Langfeld, Kyle Calder, Mathieu Schneider, Jiri Hudler, Derek Meech, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall
6 p.m. at Honda Center
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Scott Niedermayer's overtime goal in Sunday night's Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals did a little more than just beat Detroit 4-3. It did a bit more than just even the series at a game apiece.
The overtime victory in Game 2 swung home ice to the Ducks' favor.
The series virtually starts with both teams on even ground for Game 3 tonight in Anaheim. It's the first of two straight at Honda Center, with Game 5 heading back to Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Of the remaining five possible games in this series, three (including a possible Game 6) will be in Anaheim.
"We obviously know the crowd's going to be energetic and excited, as they were in the first two rounds," said Chris Pronger on Monday, just a couple hours after stepping off the plane from Detroit. "It's a big game for us. We were able to get the split. In our eyes played very well in both games. Probably deserved to win both games. Now we come back here and look forward to Game 3 with the crowd behind us. Obviously, last line change, all the things that go into having home ice."
Few would argue that the Ducks played well enough to win both of the opening two games. Detroit squeezed out a 2-1 victory in Game 1 with two goals that even Wings head coach Mike Babcock described as "ugly." the Ducks outshot them in that game 31-19. But the Ducks came back with a vital victory in Game 2, thanks to Scott Niedermayer's overtime goal on a feed from brother Rob.
"He sort of gave me a yell, and I just chipped it to him. He made a great shot," Rob said of Scott's goal at 14:17 of overtime in Sunday night's game in Detroit. "It's great. The playoffs are a special time for all of us players, and to go through it with Scott like this ... It was special last year, and this run, it's been great."
For the Ducks to take this run even further, they are going to have to do it without winger Chris Kunitz. It was announced yesterday that Kunitz is doubtful to return this postseason after having surgery on a broken hand today. Click here for the full story. Kunitz called it "a tough pill to swallow."
Anaheim's Shawn Thornton, who also is a little banged up, participated in the Ducks' morning skate Tuesday and, according to Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, "seemed fine. I would expect he's available."
The Ducks know they have to keep the intensity up despite being in the more comfortable confines of Honda Center.
"We know we're in for another tough one," Rob Niedermayer said. "[Detroit goalie] Dominik Hasek is playing great and they have a lot of skilled guys."
Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, who had goals in each of the first two games, knows his Wings have to pick it up as well. "We have to take more shots, create more chances," Lidstrom said. "We know we have to play better offensively, especially 5-on-5."
Said Hasek, "We haven't played our best game yet."
Babcock agrees, saying "Not to take anything away from the other team, but we don't think we have played anywhere near as well as we can play."
Game 4 of the series returns to Honda Center on Thursday at 6 p.m.