By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
20:00 - END OF GAME - Detroit plays probably its best game of the series in taking down the Ducks 6-3 in Game 4, to tie this series at two games apiece.
17:27 - DETROIT GOAL - HENRIK ZETTERBERG - Zetterberg gets the puck from Lebda up the left wing in a battle with Drew Miller and fires it into the empty net from the blue line. It's 6-3 Wings with 2:33 left.
17:10 - Giguere heads to the bench for an extra attacker.
16:30 - Ryan, Perry and Nokelainen as Getzlaf is missing in action.
An octopus hits the Honda Center ice before it's swept away by Pronger.
15:40 - Final TV timeout with 4:20 left. The Ducks desperately need one now to even have a chance.
14:30 - Ryan back with Perry and Getzlaf.
13:50 - A redirect by Carter on the run just misses.
11:09 - Obviously looking to turn the tide even more, Beauchemin drops the gloves with Tomas Kopecky. After a couple of seconds of circling each other, Beauchemin lands about eight straight punches to Kopecky's head with Kopecky doing little to resist before he's tackled to the ice by Beauchemin. The crowd loves it and they'll both leave for five minutes.
10:03 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Corey Perry takes the puck in the low left wing circle and slides it through traffic across the slot to Niedermayer. Osgood is way out of position as Niedermayer one-times it past a sliding Franzen and the diving goalie. A very subdued celebration for the Ducks as it's 5-3 Detroit.
9:51 - DET Penalty - Darren Helm, 2 min. tripping. Helm hip checks Bobby Ryan
, sending him topping to the ice. The Ducks have to get one here to have any hope.
I would say the energy has been drained out of the building, but there are so many Wings fans in here, it's not entirely accurate.
8:20 - Ducks kill the penalty. I guess that's something.
7:25 - Holmstrom continues to toe the line between illegal and legal as he battles with Giguere in front of the net away from the puck.
6:20 - ANA Penalty - Mike Brown, 2 min. roughing. A little push and shove with Kronwall after the whistle.
2:46 - Hiller is pulled for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, his first appearance of the postseason.
2:46 - DETROIT GOAL - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON - Festerling is headed to the bench and has to hustle back into position as Samuelsson races up the left wing with the puck. He can't get to Samuelsson in time before Samuelsson fires a shot high and over Hiller's glove. It's 5-2 Detroit.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, the Ducks needing a couple.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It doesn't end well for the Ducks, as Detroit reacts to another Perry goal by getting two from Hossa, the latter with less than a minute left. It's 4-2 Wings and the Ducks have a lot of work to do.
19:04 - DETROIT GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MARIAN HOSSA - You could almost see this one coming, as Lidstrom holds the puck at the point and ships it to Hossa on the right wing. He one-times it through a Franzen screen and past Hiller for his second of the game. It's 4-2 Detroit.
18:23 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. interference. Beauchemin runs into the path of Lebda. Bad timing for the Ducks.
16:02 - DETROIT GOAL - MARIAN HOSSA - Simple play as Franzen feeds the puck from the corner to Hossa in the slot and Hossa shoots it around Pronger and under the arm of Hiller. Not the type of goal Hiller has typically given up this postseason and it's 3-2 Detroit. First of the series for Hossa.
13:05 - Perry charges in for two more attempts on net. I feel like he's playing well tonight.
12:25 - Beauchemin gets lost as Zetterberg has some room to take in a pass and fire a slap shot. Hiller bails Beauch out with a nice stop.
11:03 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Perry gives a headman pass to Getzlaf, who gets tangled with Ericsson and Lidstrom as he crosses into the Detroit zone. He's strong enough to keep the puck and drop it back to Perry, who slings it from the slot passed the kicked-out leg pad of Osgood. Perry goes to a knee to pump his fist in the air, then rises and holds his arms outstretched before he's mobbed by his teammates. It's his second of the night and we're tied 2-2.
9:05 - Osgood makes a big stop to rob Getzlaf, who was trying to bust in a rebound.
6:23 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. tripping. Perry is standing close to Brad Stuart as he falls behind the Detroit net. Terrible call.
6:17 - DET Penalty - Valtteri Filppula, 2 min. slashing.
6:02 - A Filppula shot from the left wing hits off Hiller and lands in the crease, where it sits for a second before being swept away.
5:49 - Josh Green rips a slap shot that hits off Osgood and flips high into the air. Green and Brown furiously try to chip it in as it rolls in the crease, but can't make it happen.
4:24 - Ryan, playing with Ebbett and Selanne, jumps on a loose puck and rips a one-timer that Osgood controls. Man, I would kill for Bobby to get one.
2:25 - Hiller makes a huge stop when Kronwall weaves between Marchant and Niedermayer and dekes to the backhand before shooting it off the outstretched Hiller leg pad.
1:53 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. hooking. With the Wings shorthanded, Zetterberg weaves into open space in the Anaheim zone and Beauchemin hooks him before he shoots.
1:22 - DET Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. This crowd needs to get into it. Now.
0:40 - Carter, now playing with Getzlaf and Perry, tries a backhand on the rush that Osgood flicks away.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The first starts great for Anaheim and gets worse from there, as Franzen scores two to put the Wings on top, 2-1.
19:24 - DETROIT GOAL - JOHAN FRANZEN - Niklas Kronwall fires a shot from the right point that Franzen redirects with his back to the net for his second goal of the game with 35.9 left in the first. It's 2-1 Detroit.
17:20 - A backhand in traffic by Rob Niedermayer has some speed to it, but no good.
16:50 - Bobby Ryan
takes a beating in front of the Detroit net, getting knocked to the ice a couple of times.
Matthew Perry is shown on the video board and quickly holds up a Ducks towel. But he notices by watching himself on the screen that it's upside down, and he gets a goofy look on his face like Monica just yelled at him, so he flips it right side up. Nicely done.
Apparently the standard definition feed of VERSUS was black for the first several minutes of the game, but should be up and running now.
14:00 - Big momentum shift as the Ducks haven't been in the Detroit zone in awhile.
13:40 - Hiller reaches out to glove a Datsyuk shot and hold it high with Holmstrom all over him.
11:49 - DETROIT GOAL - JOHAN FRANZEN - Valtteri Filppula heads into the slot on the rush, but runs into Niedermayer and Beauchemin, so he drops the puck back to Franzen, who wrists it under Hiller for the equalizer. Loud roar from the waaaaay too many Wings fans in this building and it's 1-1.
10:55 - Giant kill for the boys in black.
10:40 - Hiller holds strong on a shot from the point with Holmstrom's big butt in his face.
8:55 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. holding. Hossa races down the wing, stops and tries a shot that Pronger blocks. Seconds later, he's held up by Pronger and then absolutely pummelled behind the net by Bobby Ryan
. There's your first Anaheim penalty.
Chicago beat Vancouver in overtime, 2-1, in a game that just ended.
7:20 - Ebbett has a good look from the slot, misses wide.
6:55 - Beauchemin drills Hossa with a forearm just over the Anaheim blue line.
5:05 - Franzen dives as Perry tries to reach around him for the puck. No call.
4:25 - Carter comes up empty swinging at a moving puck in front of a slightly open net.
2:30 - Franzen falls on top of Hiller just as Whitney appears to take a stick to the mouth. No call.
0:42 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - The Wings get caught on a change as the puck is sent by Pronger out of the Anaheim zone to Perry waiting on the other side of the red line. He's got lots of room on the right wing as the Wings come desperately bounding off the bench to get to him. Before they can get there, Perry fires a snap shot that sizzles under Osgood's stick into the back of the net. Phenomenal start for the Ducks, who lead it 1-0.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 4.
7:39 p.m. - Passionate rendition of the anthem by Dawn Wright, which draws plenty of love from this crowd. We're definitely ready to go.
7:37 p.m. - Jonas Hiller gets the loudest response when the starters are announced.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller
; DET Chris Osgood
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, Chris Pronger, Bobby Ryan
, Corey Perry
, Ryan Getzlaf
; DET Nicklas Lidstrom, Jonathan Ericsson, Dan Cleary, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen
Scratches - ANA Bret Hedican, Patri Kontiola, George Parros
, Erik Christensen, Brad Larsen, James Wisniewski
, Troy Bodie
, Brendan Mikkelson
; DET Derek Meech, Brian Rafalski, Kris Draper
Brett Festerling replaces James Wisniewski in the lineup for Anaheim.