May 8, 2013 |
The puck slipped away from Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, but he had the presence, savvy and, well, luck to get it back and go around the Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist and Brian Lashoff and set up teammate Nick Bonino for the overtime game-winner. Lost and found. All this unfolded in a matter of seconds, and with the goal the Ducks find themselves one game away from advancing out of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Ducks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Honda Center in Game 5 gave them a 3-2 edge in this series.
May 7, 2013 |
Corey Perry wanted to carry the Ducks on his shoulders in the Stanley Cup playoffs. At least that was his plan leading into the first-round series against Detroit. Four games later, Perry has produced just one assist and the Ducks now are in a best-of-three fight against the Red Wings, with Game 5 on Wednesday night at Honda Center. "Obviously, it's not the start that I wanted, we're tied 2-2," Perry said. "Hopefully, I can get it going and we'll take things from there.
May 6, 2013 |
DETROIT - The poke check, while slow-developing, might have pulled Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller out of trouble after Detroit's Gustav Nyquist split the defense and attacked with a burst of speed. But everything seemed to turn sideways. The puck went off the knee of Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen. Hiller alertly kicked out his left leg and made the save. But three saves? That was asking too much. BOX SCORE: Detroit 3, Ducks 2 The Ducks failed to pick up the trailing forward, Damien Brunner, a natural goal scorer who certainly wasn't going to miss an easy tap-in.
May 2, 2013 |
You go through 458 regular-season NHL games before appearing in the playoffs for the first time and the reward is spending quality time against Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. It's little wonder that speedy Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano endured what he called a sleepless night before Game 1 on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. Fortunately, for Cogliano, his centerman and quasi-mentor happens to be Saku Koivu. Koivu served as a calming force, and that third line, which includes Daniel Winnik, kept the Red Wings' top threats off the scoresheet as Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader combined for eight shots on goal.
April 30, 2013 |
This was the moment Teemu Selanne was waiting for - one of the reasons the 42-year-old decided to slog through another regular season, albeit a shortened one. The career of a future Hall of Famer isn't supposed to end at a nondescript regular-season game in western Canada. Or after a disappointing playoff loss against Nashville. Selanne and the Ducks were back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and the Finnish legend wasted little time in marking his fine imprint on this first-round series, lifting Anaheim to a 3-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Honda Center in Game 1. BOX SCORE: Ducks 3, Detroit 1 Put Selanne on the power play and magic is bound to unfold.
April 29, 2013 |
Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray was exploring the beauty of the unknown, the pristine hockey slate on the eve of opening night in the Stanley Cup playoffs. At this stage, no one can be wrong in the timeless playoff prediction game. "I think I've played in four playoffs," Souray said Monday. "I've been the first seed a couple of times and lost out in the first round and been the eighth seed and went to the second round and lost to the eventual Cup champion both times.