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Ducks Look to Gain 3-2 Series Lead on Home Ice

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 3:39 PM

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Ducks Look to Gain 3-2 Series Lead on Home Ice
Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks

(Best-of-7 series tied 2-2)


Big story: The Anaheim Ducks are back home to host Game 5 after letting the previous contest get away. Anaheim led 1-0 after two periods and 2-1 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, but couldn't put away the Detroit Red Wings, who evened the series when rookie Damien Brunner scored in overtime. It's now a best-of-3 series, with two of the games at Honda Center.

Team Scope:

Ducks: With two of the next three games on home ice (if the series goes seven games), the Ducks are looking forward to using it to their advantage.

"We've gained home ice back, so we'll be happy to play in front of our fans tomorrow," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "We're looking forward to that game."

“It’s a best-of-three series,” Corey Perry said. “We have one game tomorrow night and Friday night. Hopefully we can end it there. But if need be, we come back here for Game 7. The advantage is in our court, hopefully, and we’ve got to go out and earn that.”

Red Wings: Brunner is an illustration of the highs and lows that take place in playoff hockey. He had his pocket picked by Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf in the third period of Game 3, leading to a backbreaking shorthanded goal in a 4-0 loss. Two nights later, he was the overtime hero.

"It's a great feeling when you score and the bench gets cleared and everyone jumps," Brunner said. "It's awesome when you're scoring an OT winner in the playoffs."

Who's hot: Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf has four points in the first four games of the series. Goaltender Jonas Hiller has a 2.10 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. ... Brunner has four points, including the overtime winner Monday night, in his first four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Injury report: Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman, who was injured in Game 3, did not play in Game 4 and was not on the ice during the team's optional practice on Tuesday afternoon at Honda Center. ... Detroit is without defenseman Danny DeKeyser (broken right thumb) and forwards Drew Miller (broken hand) and Darren Helm (back). None of them are expected to return before next season. Abdelkader will sit out the second half of a two-game suspension.

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 30 '13 DET 1 at ANA 3 T. Selanne
May 02 '13 DET 5 at ANA 4 - OT G. Nyquist
May 04 '13 ANA 4 at DET 0 N. Bonino
May 06 '13 ANA 2 at DET 3 - OT D. Brunner
May 08 '13 DET 2 at ANA 3 - OT N. Bonino
May 10 '13 ANA 3 at DET 4 - OT H. Zetterberg
May 12 '13 DET 3 at ANA 2 V. Filppula
D. Brunner5235-1401
P. Datsyuk5134+0000
J. Franzen5303-4430
D. Cleary5123-2010
H. Zetterberg5033+0200
G. Nyquist5112+1011
B. Smith5112-2400
J. Andersson5022-1600
K. Quincey5022-2200
M. Samuelsson3101+1200
J. Abdelkader3101+11500
J. Kindl5011+0200
V. Filppula5011-2400
P. Eaves5011-2400
J. Ericsson5000-1000
N. Kronwall5000-3000
C. Emmerton5000-3200
B. Lashoff3000+0000
T. Bertuzzi3000-1200
D. DeKeyser2000+0000
J. Tootoo1000+0200
J. Howard52-3151542.84.903
R. Getzlaf5325+3410
N. Bonino5314+2422
K. Palmieri5224+4200
M. Beleskey5213+1210
T. Selanne5123+2411
B. Ryan5123+1000
F. Beauchemin5123-1400
S. Koivu5123-2610
E. Etem5112+3200
D. Steckel5112+1000
B. Lovejoy5022+5000
C. Fowler5022+3000
B. Allen5011+1200
C. Perry5011+1400
A. Cogliano5011-1000
D. Winnik5011-3700
S. Souray4011+0400
T. Lydman3000+1000
L. Sbisa3000-2200
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