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ANAHEIM – After having a goal taken away from him late in Game 3, Marian Hossa made sure to make a couple of them count in Game 4.
Hossa’s two second period goals in the second period helped the Red Wings to a 6-3 triumph at Honda Center to avenge a Ducks victory two nights ago. In that Game 3, Hossa had looked to score a tying goal with 1:04 remaining, but it was waved off after referee Brad Watson blew his whistle when he lost sight of the puck. But there was little doubt about Hossa’s two tallies tonight, which helped send the series back to Detroit tied at two games apiece.
"They’ve got a good hockey club," said Ducks forward Todd Marchant. "That being said, we weren’t nearly good enough tonight and no where near the way we can play. And they capitalized. We made mistakes and they took advantage of it."
|Perry (right) had two goals, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Ducks fell 6-3 in Game 4.
"We made some mistakes that we haven't made in awhile," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "And that's disturbing. I just didn't think we were mentally strong enough."
Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period to tie it at 2-2, as he beat goalie Chris Osgood with a shot from the slot off a Ryan Getzlaf drop pass. That gave Getzlaf an assist in eight straight postseason games, the longest streak in the NHL since 1997.
But Hossa’s first two goals of the series, which came within just over three minutes of each other, pulled the Wings away just before the end of the session. Hossa first struck with 3:58 left in the period, taking a pass from Johan Franzen in the slot and shooting it around Chris Pronger under the arm of Jonas Hiller. Another 3:02 later, following a Francois Beauchemin interference penalty, Hossa struck again by one-timing a Nicklas Lidstrom feed through a Franzen screen and past Hiller.
"We kind of beat ourselves tonight," Beauchemin said. "They played well, but at the same time we didn’t do the things we wanted to do."
The Wings made it 5-2 just 2:46 into the third period when Mikael Samuelsson caught Brett Festerling starting back toward the bench and Samuelsson had plenty of room to fire a shot high over Hiller’s glove. Festerling was a fill-in for defenseman James Wisniewski, who missed tonight’s game with a lung contusion suffered in Game 3.
That goal would be the last for Hiller, who was pulled for Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Hiller came into the game having an outstanding postseason, with a 1.74 goals-against average and .955 save percentage, but allowed five goals on 33 Detroit shots.
"We just weren't good enough as a team," Carlyle said, "and the goalie is part of that."
The Ducks gave themselves some hope on a Scott Niedermayer goal with 9:57 left in the third, as Niedermayer one-timed a Perry pass on the power play into an open net.
|So strong in net for this postseason, Hiller didn't have his best night, giving up five Detroit goals.
But that was the extent of the damage the Ducks would do, as Henrik Zetterberg put the game away with an empty-net goal with 2:33 left on the clock.
Perry had put the Ducks on top very early in the game, rifling a snap shot from the right wing (while the Red Wings were caught on a change) that hit the net just 42 seconds into it. It tied a Ducks franchise record for fastest postseason goal.
But Detroit got one back at 11:49 on the first of two in the period for Franzen. Valtteri Filppula dropped the puck back to Franzen, who wristed it under Hiller. And with 35.9 seconds left in period, Niklas Kronwall fired a shot from the point that Franzen redirected through with his back to the net.
That goal with under a minute left in the period and Hossa’s with less than a minute to go in the second proved very costly for Anaheim.
Game 5 is Sunday at Joe Louis Arena at 2 p.m. Pacific.
"Now we have a three-game series," Marchant said. "The next game is going to be huge. We get a little break and a day of rest. We’ll watch the film and try to cut down on mistakes be ready for our game on Sunday."
Corey Perry established a new career high for points in a postseason game with 2-1=3 tonight. It was also his first career postseason multi-goal game. He has earned 2-3=5 points in the last three games and 6-4=10 in the last seven.
In addition, Perry’s goal at 0:42 of the first period tonight tied a franchise postseason record for fastest goal scored to start a game. Petr Sykora scored 42 seconds into Game 5 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final at New Jersey Devils (June 5, 2003).
Chris Pronger extended his point streak to five games (1-6=7) with an assist in tonight’s contest. His five-game point streak is tied for the longest by a defenseman in the postseason (also CHI’s Seabrook) Pronger continues to co-lead all NHL defensemen in scoring (2-7=9, also DET’s Lidstrom).
Scott Niedermayer has a three-game point streak (2-1=3), which includes goals in each of the past two games. He has also earned points in five of the last six games (2-4=6).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,601 (including standing-room-only tickets), a new club record (regular season or playoff). The previous record was 17,597 set on Jan. 2, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers.GAME LOG
|Corey Perry (5) ASST: Chris Pronger (7)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Johan Franzen (5) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (5), Jonathan Ericsson (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Johan Franzen (6) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (4)|
2 - 1 DET
|Corey Perry (6) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (12)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Marian Hossa (3) ASST: Johan Franzen (6)|
3 - 2 DET
|PPG - Marian Hossa (4) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (6), Valtteri Filppula (6)|
4 - 2 DET
|Mikael Samuelsson (2) ASST: Kirk Maltby (1)|
5 - 2 DET
|PPG - Scott Niedermayer (3) ASST: Corey Perry (4), Ryan Getzlaf (13)|
5 - 3 DET
|EN - Henrik Zetterberg (5) ASST: Brad Stuart (5)|
6 - 3 DET
|Chris Pronger Holding against Marian Hossa|
|Jiri Hudler Too many men on the ice|
|Francois Beauchemin Hooking against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Valtteri Filppula Slashing against Corey Perry|
|Corey Perry Tripping against Brad Stuart|
|Francois Beauchemin Interference against Brett Lebda|
|Mike Brown Roughing against Brett Lebda|
|Darren Helm Tripping against Bobby Ryan|
|Francois Beauchemin Fighting against Tomas Kopecky|
|Tomas Kopecky Fighting against Francois Beauchemin|
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