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ANAHEIM – There will be a Game 7 and it promises to be a beauty.
In a game that ended with players from both teams throwing punches – including a surprising bare-knuckle bout between All-Stars Scott Niedermayer and Pavel Datsyuk – the Ducks held on for a tense 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Honda Center.
|Hiller shut out the Red Wings for the first 57 1/2 minutes and had 38 saves in the Game 6 victory.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry paced the Ducks with goals in the second period, and Anaheim withstood a late charge with the help of goalie Jonas Hiller to keep their grip on a one-goal lead in an anxious final two minutes.
Hiller was perfect on the night until a power play goal by Johan Franzen with 2:25 left in the game to cut the Anaheim lead to just a goal. Following an interference penalty on Andrew Ebbett, Jiri Hudler made a feed from the low right wing circle across the crease to Franzen, who punched it into the open net.
Detroit tried feverishly to get the tying goal with their net empty for an extra attacker in the closing minute, but the Ducks defense and Hiller wouldn’t allow it. Hiller made the last of his 38 saves with two seconds remaining, on a desperation one-timer by Pavel Datsyuk that Hiller punched away with the blocker.
The sound of the horn gave way to a melee in the corner of the rink, where several Ducks and Wings got involved and Niedermayer and Datsyuk rained punches on each other in a sea of gloves, helmets, sticks and orange towels thrown by fans. When the dust cleared, eight penalties totaling 36 minutes were given to both teams, and Todd Marchant was tagged with a game misconduct.
"There was a lot going on," Niedermayer said. "I don’t know how it all started. The next thing you know, my gloves are off. That doesn’t happen too often. I didn’t even know who it was at first. I took a couple of punches to the face. I guess after a couple, I figured I’ll try a couple."
When it was finally broken up, Hiller was interviewed by a rinkside TV reporter after being named the No. 1 star of the game and could hardly hear himself speak over the sound of his name being chanted by many in the sellout crowd of 17,174.
"I think everybody knew what today’s game was about," Hiller said of a Ducks team that was coming off a lackluster 4-1 defeat in Detroit in Game 5. "We had to win and we had to show a better effort than the last two games. That is what we did and why we won."
The Ducks improved to 6-0 all time in Game 6s at home, 7-1 overall.
"We knew we could be better than we were the last two games," Niedermayer said. "There was no question about that. I think we were tonight. We’ve been around the game awhile."
Anaheim broke open a scoreless tie 2:21 into the second period, when Getzlaf got his fourth goal of the postseason on the power play. Scott Niedermayer one-timed a shot on net from the point, and it bounded off goalie Chris Osgood into the crease. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson knocked it off Osgood and Getzlaf chipped the loose puck into the net.
|Perry's goal off a Getzlaf assist in the second gave the Ducks a huge 2-0 advantage.
The Ducks gave the Red Wings some opportunities for the equalizer, taking penalties from Todd Marchant (interference) and Andrew Ebbett (cross checking) near the midpoint of the period. But a tireless Ducks penalty kill, with Hiller right behind them, held Detroit at bay.
Seconds after a couple of Hiller stops, the Ducks increased their lead to 2-0 courtesy of the top line of Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. Each got a point as Ryan got the puck to Getzlaf on the point, and he wristed a shot toward the net that Perry barely got a piece of with his stick to deflect it through.
That turned out to be all the Ducks would need, as they carried that two-goal lead almost to the end of the game, with Franzen spoiling a Hiller shutout with that power play tally. They poured it on throughout the period, outshooting Anaheim 18-6 after the Ducks carried a 22-21 shot advantage into the third.
"Detroit has a very skilled hockey club and if you don’t stay close to your check, they are going to move the puck and move themselves," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "If there is a team that does it better, I’d like to know where it is. If you don’t stay close to your check, they can make you look awfully foolish. I thought we played fairly neat and tidy."
With the series tied at three games apiece, Game 7 comes Thursday in Detroit at 4 p.m. Pacific.
"We showed the first two games that if we play our game there, we always have a chance to win," Hiller said. "That is all we can do in the next game. We’re going to try and you never know. Game 7s are always special. There is a lot of experience in here."
Added Niedermayer, "It’s exciting. What a great thrill to be playing a great hockey club like that in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I’m looking forward to it."
With tonight’s win, the Ducks improved their record to 8-5 in elimination games. All-time, the club ranks second in the NHL in win percentage in elimination contests. Below are the top four:
Best Record in Elimination Games (All-Time)
Team Record Win Percentage
Minnesota 7-3 .700
Anaheim 8-5 .615
NY Islanders 26-17 .605
Colorado 9-18 .514
Thursday’s contest will mark the Ducks’ fourth Game 7 contest in franchise history. The club has a lifetime record of 2-1 in Game 7 (Beat CGY in 2006 and PHX in 1997, lost to NJ in 2003).
Anaheim now has a lifetime postseason record of 7-1 in the sixth game of a series including a perfect 6-0 at Honda Center. The Ducks all-time postseason record at home climbs to 31-16.
With a goal and an assist tonight (1-1=2), Ryan Getzlaf recorded his seventh multiple-point game of the postseason. He has recorded points in nine of the last 10 contests (3-13=16). His 4-14=18 total points are tied for second in the NHL (with PIT’s Crosby) behind only WSH’s Ovechkin. Getzlaf continues to lead the league in assists.
Jonas Hiller stopped 38-of-39 shots for his seventh career postseason win. In 12 career postseason games (all in 2009), he has stopped 458-of-484 shots for a .946 SV% and 2.09 GAA (26 GA/747 MIN).
Corey Perry recorded his fourth multiple-point game of the postseason with a goal and an assist this evening (1-1=2). He has collected 3-2=5 points in the last three games and 7-5=12 points in the last nine.
With tonight’s assist, Scott Niedermayer has collected 2-2=4 points in the last five games and 2-5=7 points in the last eight. He now ranks tied for second in scoring among defensemen for the postseason (3-6=9).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (4) ASST: Corey Perry (5), Scott Niedermayer (6)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Corey Perry (7) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (14), Bobby Ryan (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Johan Franzen (8) ASST: Jiri Hudler (4), Henrik Zetterberg (6)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Bobby Ryan Too many men on the ice|
|Jiri Hudler Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Valtteri Filppula Holding against Bobby Ryan|
|Niklas Kronwall Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Todd Marchant Interference against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Andrew Ebbett Cross checking against Darren Helm|
|Mikael Samuelsson Interference against Todd Marchant|
|Bobby Ryan Too many men on the ice|
|Brian Rafalski Holding against Corey Perry|
|Andrew Ebbett Tripping against Darren Helm|
|Corey Perry Roughing against Brian Rafalski|
|Corey Perry Fighting against Brian Rafalski|
|Corey Perry Misconduct|
|Scott Niedermayer Fighting against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Todd Marchant Game misconduct|
|Ryan Getzlaf Hooking against Marian Hossa|
|Ryan Getzlaf Roughing against Marian Hossa|
|Pavel Datsyuk Fighting against Scott Niedermayer|
|Brian Rafalski Fighting against Corey Perry|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:14|
|Saves: 26||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .929||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 39||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 38||EV: 27 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 9|
|SV%: .974||SH: 3 - 3|
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