|ANA||0||0||0||(null - null)||1|
|DET||0||0||0||(null - null)||4|
The Ducks did manage to cut in half a 2-0 deficit on a power play goal by defenseman Ryan Whitney 15:37 into the second period, but that was the extent of the damage Anaheim would do.
“We didn’t have pretty much everything you need to fully compete,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “We didn’t play well positionally, play our game plan as well as we need to, and that’s the result. They deserved to win. We didn’t.
“We had an opportunity to take a lead in the series, late in the series, and we didn’t have the effort we needed to do that. That’s disappointing.”
The Ducks actually had an opportunity to tie the game late in the middle session, but Erik Christensen was robbed by Detroit goalie Chris Osgood on a point blank shot.
“I actually bent down and told him, ‘Nice save, Ozzie,’” Christensen said. “I had him along the ice. He was going one way. I was going the other way. He just reached out and it was right in his glove — unlucky for me, lucky for him.
“It could have changed the momentum completely.”
Anaheim also had a chance following a hooking penalty on Dan Cleary 3:50 into the third period, but couldn't manage a shot on the ensuing power play.
“Up until we got the power play in the third, I thought we could find a way to sneak one here,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “What’s disappointing is we had a power play in the third, in a 2-1 hockey game, and we didn’t do very much with it. I think that took away any momentum we were building.”
The Red Wings uiltimately shut the door on a Darren Helm talley at 16:52 and a Henrik Zetterberg empty-netter goal with 51.1 seconds left.
“I thought at times we looked worn down,” Carlyle said. “We’ll fly home. We’ll re-energize, re-focus. We’ll visit on the things that we have to do and emotionally try to charge ourselves. We weren’t emotionally involved enough on a consistent basis."
Like Carlyle, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was disappointed with the team's intensity.
"We played like Game 38 of the regular season," Wisniewski said.
|Johan Franzen (7) ASST: Justin Abdelkader (1), Jonathan Ericsson (2)|
1 - 0 DET
|Jiri Hudler (3) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (4), Brett Lebda (2)|
2 - 0 DET
|PPG - Ryan Whitney (1) ASST: Erik Christensen (2), Andrew Ebbett (2)|
2 - 1 DET
|Darren Helm (1) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (5), Daniel Cleary (6)|
3 - 1 DET
|EN - Henrik Zetterberg (6) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (7), Pavel Datsyuk (3)|
4 - 1 DET
|Sheldon Brookbank Interference against Darren Helm|
|Brad Stuart Slashing against Teemu Selanne|
|Sheldon Brookbank Tripping against Daniel Cleary|
|Niklas Kronwall Interference against Drew Miller|
|Daniel Cleary Hooking against Corey Perry|
|Todd Marchant Holding against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Sheldon Brookbank Cross checking against Justin Abdelkader|
|SA: 37||TOI: 59:23|
|Saves: 34||EV: 27 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .919||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 17||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 16||EV: 12 - 12|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .941||SH: 0 - 0|
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