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Late Lidstrom Goal Sinks Ducks, 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Late Lidstrom Goal Sinks Ducks, 3-2
Anaheim Ducks 2, Detroit Red Wings 3
Giving the Red Wings all they could handle, the Ducks came up just short of taking Game 1 of Western Conference Semifinals.

The last two Stanley Cup champions were evenly matched in series opener, but Detroit got the best of Anaheim in the final minute of a hotly contested game.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored his second goal of the game with 49.1 seconds left and had an assist, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win on Friday night.

The 39-year-old d-man started the winning play behind his net, skated up the ice, shot and scored off the rebound.

"It came off my pad and he was there all alone," Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller said. "He was patient enough to wait until I moved."

Hiller stopped 34 shots for the Ducks, who got goals from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne.

Perry put the Ducks on the scoreboard first in the game. The right winger took an excellent feed from linemate Ryan Getzlaf and deposited the puck past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood 7:28 into the contest. But while Anaheim is one of the league's best when scoring first (.791 winning percentage during the regular season, third in the league), they were unable to hang on in this one.

"I'm upset from the standpoint that I thought we missed an opportunity tonight," DucksCarlyle said.

Since the NHL expanded in 1967, the defending champion and the previous Cup winner are meeting in the playoffs for the third time. The others were in 1991 when the Edmonton Oilers played the Calgary Flames, and in 1971 when the Montreal Canadiens faced the Boston Bruins.

Anaheim eliminated the Red Wings two years ago in the Western Conference finals en route to the title, and the fourth postseason matchup in a decade between the teams was intense.

The fifth got bloody early.

Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected in the first period, after applying a big hit to Jiri Hudler that  would require stitches.

Brown, who insisted he hit Hudler with a shoulder and his visor cut him, hopes to play in Game 2.

"I don't know if it's necessary to get that suspension," Brown said. "It was a clean hit. I wasn't meaning to do any harm. I was just playing physical."

The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler's left eye.

Detroit took advantage of the ensuring five-minute power play, tying the game on a Johan Franzen's goal off an assist from Lidstrom.

Lidstrom gave Detroit a 2-1 lead early in the second period with a power-play goal off a slap shot.

But the Ducks didn't go away. Selanne scored a power-play goal with 17 seconds left in the middle period.

"It's playoff hockey and there's a lot of intensity out there," Lidstrom said. "Both teams want to win real hard and that really comes out in a game like this."

The eighth-seeded Ducks were competitive in the third, playing four days after knocking off the top-seeded San Jose Sharks. Second-seeded Detroit was on the ice for the first time in more than a week.

Chris Osgood had 22 saves to improve to 5-0 in this year's playoffs.

Game 2 is Sunday in Detroit.

Notes: Red Wings D Brian Rafalski was out with an upper-body injury and replaced by 47-year-old Chris Chelios, who played in his 261st playoff game and 24th postseason to extend his own records ahead of Patrick Roy (247) and Ray Bourque (21). ... Detroit and the Ducks have both won two series against each other. The Red Wings eliminated Anaheim en route to the 1997 Cup and in 1999. ... The Ducks beat Detroit in the 2003 playoffs with Babcock as their coach. ... Babcock (72) and Carlyle (49) have the most playoff victories and highest winning percentages since 2003.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
Corey Perry (4) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (7), Chris Pronger (4)
1 - 0 ANA
PPG - Johan Franzen (3) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Chris Osgood (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (2) ASST: Brad Stuart (4), Pavel Datsyuk (2)
2 - 1 DET
PPG - Teemu Selanne (2) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (8), Chris Pronger (5)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Nicklas Lidstrom (3) ASST: Daniel Cleary (4), Henrik Zetterberg (2)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Jiri Hudler  Elbowing against  Francois Beauchemin
Mike Brown  Interference (maj) against  Jiri Hudler
Mike Brown  Game misconduct
2nd Period
Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
Jonathan Ericsson  Roughing against  Corey Perry
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Jonathan Ericsson
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonas Hiller
Francois Beauchemin  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
George Parros  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference against  Chris Pronger
Johan Franzen  Tripping against  James Wisniewski
3rd Period
Todd Marchant  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
James Wisniewski  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 37TOI: 59:26
Saves: 34EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 24TOI: 59:54
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
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