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Ducks regroup as they ready themselves for Game 3 in Detroit

Coach Bruce Boudreau instructs playoff rookies to be bold and seize the moment. Jonas Hiller is slated to return as starting goalie.

May 03, 2013|By Lisa Dillman
  • Jonas Hiller is slated to start Game 3 for the Ducks as Anaheim heads to the Joe Louis Arena to face the Detroit Red Wings at home.
Jonas Hiller is slated to start Game 3 for the Ducks as Anaheim heads to the… (Harry How / Getty Images )

DETROIT — First, there was video review during a long plane ride here, of that zigzagging, random Game 2, a big third-period Ducks' comeback followed by an overtime loss to the Red Wings.

With the first-round playoff series between the teams (tied 1-1) shifting to Michigan for Game 3 on Saturday night, there is also the psychological care and feeding of playoff newcomers. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau planned on turning his attention to that component.

Boudreau addressed several topics in a media session here after the team arrived in Detroit: the slow starts in each period by the Ducks in Game 2 and allowing three power-play goals in the 5-4 overtime defeat.

"The Wings are a good team," he said. "We're not playing the Florida Panthers here. They're going to make you make mistakes and that's gonna happen."

Said Ducks center Saku Koivu: "You play every second day and have a travel day, so there's not a lot of time to really think about why it happened or what happened. You have to move on.

"You can't get, after a big win, emotionally too high. And same thing with a tough loss last night, you can't dwell on it too long."

To that end, Boudreau picked up on something in the first two games. While there are many playoff veterans among the Ducks, there are also a handful of those making their postseason debuts or others with scant experience.

"There was a couple of shifts in both games where I think guys came off the ice because they were afraid to make a mistake and didn't want to be on the ice, which is what playoff experience is all about," Boudreau said.

"You want to have that feeling of: 'Put me out there and I'll take care of it.' I'll have a talk with a couple of those guys tonight."

The Red Wings will be making another adjustment. Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who was poised and effective in his first two playoff games, suffered a broken thumb in a collision with the Ducks' Kyle Palmieri late in Game 2 and is done for the playoffs.

Detroit Coach Mike Babcock will fill DeKeyser's spot with another rookie, defenseman Brian Lashoff.

Boudreau said that goalie Jonas Hiller will start Game 3. Hiller was terrific in Game 1, less so in Game 2. But he had a highlight save on Pavel Datsyuk late in regulation to allow the Ducks to reach overtime.

"I thought there was some great saves," Boudreau said. "And some saves he should have had. But I don't think on a couple of them that the play in front of him was very good either. If you start pulling guys after they make one mistake, then they'll be afraid to play the game. So they've gotta be able to play the game without fear of things happening to them."

Staying out of the penalty box will help their cause, for starters.

"Before the series, we talked about being disciplined," Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "You can't really take six minors in a game against a team like Detroit with their power play and their offensive skills."

lisa.dillman@latimes.com

Twitter: @reallisa

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