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Deja vu for Ducks?

Posted on: May 3, 2009 8:37 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2009 9:10 pm

The last time the Anaheim Ducks were in a playoff overtime game in Detroit, they lucked into a win they didn't really deserve and went on to capture the Stanley Cup.

That was back in 2007 when the Ducks pulled off a stunning Game 5 upset in the Western Conference fnals with a fluke last-minute goal to tie the game and an even luckier break to win it in overtime. So maybe there's an omen in Anaheim managing to absorb repeated body blows all afternoon and still come away with a 4-3 triple overtime win today in Detroit.

At the very least, it keeps alive the hopes of a team that looked like a good bet to miss the playoffs as late as the March trade deadline. Since then, Anaheim has transformed itself into a legitimate contender, although it probably wouldn't have mattered much had the Ducks lost today. This series would have been effectively over had they gone home trailing two games to none.

Detroit certainly had plenty of chances to get to that point even if the Ducks -- with Ryan Getzlaf having another monster game -- were arguably the better team for the first 40 minutes. But the Red Wings, with their surprisingly physical play, took over at the start of the third period, getting the equalizer five minutes in and then generally controlling the ice at both ends the rest of the way.

Problem was Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller got sharper as things progressed. Hiller looked like he was still thinking about the stoppable winning goal he allowed in the final minute of Friday's opener in the early stages of Game 2, but he stopped 43 of 44 shots he faced after the second period, including 29 in overtime, many of them off quality scoring chances.

Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was not as busy but still nearly as good, especially early in the game when he made several brilliant saves including two on Drew Miller after he had gotten behind the Detroit defenders. But Osgood reacted a little slowly when Todd Marchant's shot 75 seconds into the third overtime beat him high on the glove and kept the Ducks from facing the unenviable challenge of trying to win four of the next five against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

"When you get into overtime on the road, anything can happen," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle surmised when it as over.

Now that it's tied, you can say the same about this series. 
Category: NHL

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 11:56 am

Deja vu for Ducks?

adullin, your post is not worthy of a response, but it has to be said: you do not know what you're talking about.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2009 3:56 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

so a tue fan likes to lose?
as far as being in the gaem i would do whta the ducks do. Hold grab sucker punch skate in frount of the ref and drive in full vision of the refs to get a call. Cool 
even in the last goal the wings scored you see a trip. or maybee hes just more comfortabke playing the puck on his knees.
sorry i hate to lose i better work on that after all winners love to lose right?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2009 2:50 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

Very, very, very true ROUSHBOY, speaking from just this Wing fan, i freaking hate to lose! Never seen a sports fan that liked losing, idiot.......

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2009 10:03 am

Deja vu for Ducks?

Hey adullin, I would love to see you out there, think'n you could play, even if it is only to sucker punch or hold.  You would get your a** handed to you.  I have watched and been to many of the ducks games (both against the Wings and against other teams), there is very little clutch and grabbing.  It seems that is only the Red Wing's fans that bring up that excuse.  You know why there are so many Wing-haters out there?  It's that the Wing fans can't take losing.  Every time the Wing's lose a game the Wing fans have some excuse; it's always the other team is cheating or the ref's make terrible calls.  It's plain and simple, Wing's fan are very poor losers.  Not all Wing's fans, but there is a very vocal minority, that give the Wing's fan a bad name.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2009 3:55 am

Deja vu for Ducks?

 You know what?..... Ah just forget it.

 You're a Blackhawks and Michigan State would be to easy.

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 10:03 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

Reading this whole thread just reconfirmed why I hate the Red Wing fan base so much.  Cry a little more about the refs!


Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 8:58 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

the problem that the ducks are so use to playing clutch and grab hockey and getting calls like the la lakers that they dont see it when the refs make an impact. When the refs dont call hooking holding clutching and grabbing it lets the less talented teams win. like the duks. I can play NHL if all i have to di is throw sucker punches and hold. Cool

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2009 7:19 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2009 7:18 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

 being the "best team" means nothing if they don't follow through and win te CupWhich is exactly why you look like such an idiot for running off at the mouth.

How many times have the Wings "followed through" and won the Cup?

How many times have the Ducks?

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 7:01 pm

Deja vu for Ducks?

Buy the best players?  Hossa this year came in, but who else did they buy? Last year who was it? 2002 was the only time they had a roster with all those for sure HOFer's.

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