Red Wings even series with OT win

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”They played very good, very hard, very desperate,” Boudreau said of the Wings. ”I don’t think, quite frankly, we had 20 players playing. We had some passengers.” Beleskey came to play. He hit Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey hard on the left side of the net and had enough space to shoot and score off his own rebound to put the Ducks ahead 1-0. See the best action photos from the Western Conference first round . The Red Wings were outshooting Anaheim 27-15 through two periods, but had nothing to show for it. Smith changed that thanks to some good fortune, ending a 101:18 scoring drought that started after Detroit’s 5-4 overtime win in Game 2. Smith’s shot from just inside the blue line went off Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and past Hiller 1:18 into the third period. Steckel netted a go-ahead goal midway in the third period. The Red Wings, and their fans, thought Johan Franzen scored moments later, but referee Eric Furlatt waved it off and his call was upheld by video review. Datsyuk gave the red-clad, white-towel waving crowd a reason to cheer when he tied it. source:

NHL misses the mark with suspension of Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader

Abdelkader’s hit in Saturday night’s Game 3 against the Ducks was no more than a four-minute penalty. Not one official blew his whistle on impact. Abdelkader was given a charging major and a game misconduct. This suspension is typical garbage from the sewers below the NHL headquarters. It seemed to me like the Ducks’ Corey Perry tried to cut Jimmy Howard with his skate, yet Perry plays on. The Ducks are cheapshot artists who zero in on Red Wings players along the boards, and they go unpunished. Meanwhile, the NHL office sits back and enjoys the view on its NHL network. By the way, the NHL network is garbage. What the NFL and MLB have done with their networks makes NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s vision look like old school, black-and-white television. The quacks from Southern California are getting some help here from the league office. My conspiracy side says the league would love a team such as the Ducks, from the second-largest media market in America, to have a deep run in the playoffs. source:

Justin Abdelkader Suspended For Two Games By NHL, Brendan Shanahan Explains Detroit Red Wings’ Penalty

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Nick Bonino’s OT goal puts Ducks past Wings 3-2

Getzlaf then evened it with 31 seconds left in the period, following Matt Beleskey into the slot for a quick shot past Howard for his third goal of the series. The Ducks’ talented playmaker had an outstanding bounce-back season after a rough 2011-12, leading Anaheim with 49 points in 44 games while getting an eight-year contract extension. NOTES: Detroit LW Justin Abdelkader completed his two-game suspension for a dangerous hit in Game 3 on Anaheim D Toni Lydman, who also missed his second straight game. … Zetterberg and Anaheim’s Corey Perry still don’t have a goal in the series. Zetterberg hasn’t scored in seven straight playoff games, the longest skid of his career. … Anaheim nearly went ahead with 11:55 left in the third period, but the officials blew the play dead as Palmieri slid into Howard’s net behind the puck. … NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game, talking up the Ducks’ outdoor game against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. source:–nhl.html


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