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Detroit goes deep because it is

Posted on: May 14, 2009 11:15 pm

They started well for a change and finished even better, so the Detroit Red Wings are going to the Western Conference Finals for the third year in a row.

But if you're looking for the primary reason the defending Stanley Cup champs advanced tonight with a nail biting 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7, look no further than the contributions of their secondary players. Anaheim took this heavyweight battle down to the wire by keeping Detroit's big names like Datsyuk, Hossa, Zetterberg, even scoring machine Johan Franzen off the board tonight, but ultimately it didn't matter because the Red Wings so many other weapons in their arsenal.

Like Darren Helm, who is still technically a rookie and has yet to score in 23 regular season games over two years, but picked up his fourth career playoff goal tonight on a breakaway he created with a burst of blinding speed.

Or Dan Cleary, rescued from the scrap heap before last season, who wouldn't allow himself to bullied away from the front of the net before he scored the winner with three minutes left in the third period.

Or role players Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson, who came up with timely goals for a team that obviously has an embarrassment of riches in terms of talent throughout its lineup.

The Ducks are not that blessed, but they don't lack for star power either and their big guns gave them a real shot a pulling off their second consecutive upset of these playoffs. Even if Detroit got out of the gate quickly for one of the few times in this post season, outshooting the Ducks 17-6 in the first period and taking a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

Anaheim probably would have been in better shape had James Wisniewski not been robbed by Detroit goalie Chris Osgood four minutes into the game or if it converted an early two man power play. But the Ducks didn't quit and got back into it in the second period when Teemu Selanne adn Corey Perry sandwiched goals around Samuelsson's marker.

Problem is Detroit has owned third periods throughout these playoffs -- outscoring opponents 12-3 and outshooting them 92-30 -- and the Red Wings did it again tonight. Bobby Ryan tied it for Anaheim just before the eight minute mark, but Detroit kept ramping up the pressure on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The Red Wings fired 15 shots in total over the final 20 minutes, and won it when Cleary forced the puck in from under Hiller's pad to keep Detroit's hope of repeating alive.
Category: NHL

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 12:37 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

Smart people. 

Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2009 6:50 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

Your an adiot detroit outplayed the ducks in every game the goaltending is the only reason the ducks made it to game seven

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 5:59 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

You rue the day?  Who talks like that?

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 4:55 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

Nice hockey expert that doesn't even know anything about Dan Cleary.  This site sucks.  I rue the day that I got into a fantasy football league that got me in the habit of getting on this site every day. 

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2009 4:16 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

I love the guy that said all the momentum was on the ducks side and detroit got a lucky goal that trickled in from behind the net off the leg pad of Jonas Hiller and doesn't mention anything about the goal they got from the broken stick on the ice where it got in Ericksons way.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 4:11 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

If that doesn't go in, there's a good chance the Ducks win, and if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump his ass on the ground either.
This was a great series between two very good teams with the worst referee's in the NHL which we can all thank Gary Bettman for.
You could tell that both teams were getting very frustrated with the call's and the non calls. It has not just been this series either it has been this way for other games I have seen this playoff season.

I really don't think you know very much about the game of hockey or these two teams. The Detroit Red Wings played 4 lines which most of the third and fouth line players would be first or second line players on any other team. Can you say the same for the Anaheim Ducks?  No you can't because really they only had one strong line but if you answer yes then you have no knowledge of the game of hockey or these two teams.

My hat goes off to the Ducks who no one even gave them a chance to beat San Jose but they played as a team with a very hot goalie and beat them. No one really gave them a shot against Detroit before the series started either but they fought and battled there way to a game 7. In my eye's they have had a outstanding season and playoff run.

You can say what you want but in the end the better team won and my congrates go out to the Detroit Red Wings

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:01 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

But the Wings had the PK on when needed. . . killing 2 5-on-3's and a 4-on-3.  The only PP goal for Ana was when they shouldn't have been on the PP (Pronger, the P.U.S.S.Y.)  Go Wings, experience takes the Conf Finals in 5.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 2:59 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

Wings win the series by sticking to their game plan.  They even had to play over horrible non-calls (Pronger pulling Hossa down and Pronger cross-checking Hudler into the goalie).  I'm glad Babcock got to say something at the press conference about the cross-check. Pronger remains the dirtiest player in the league.  Ducks have played tremendously, but it was not enough to beat the defending champs.  A reporter for the OC Register is whining today about the last goal.  He must not have seen the goalie cam view that showed Hiller's leg, whether hit by Cleary's stick or not, pushed the puck into the net.  I agree with a previous post, this series shuld have been over sooner.  We shoulod have closed out the 3 OT game and the game with the quick whistle remains in doubt.  B.i.t.c.h. all you want, Anaheim, but you lost and the Wings move on. . . Again.  Wings over Hawks in 5.  Experience and deeper talent beats youth.  Maybe this will be another playoff team Campbell signs with that can't get over the hump.  I can hear the Chicago reaction after Cleary scored. . . D.A.M.N, we get the Wings.  Takeaway the 2 meaningless games to close out the reg season and the Hawks didn't win a game from Detroit all year.  Ozzie is on and the Bulin Wall lets in too many.  Count on Byfuglien being a d.o.u.c.h.e.b.a.g. and taking stupid penalties. 


Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 2:56 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

I absolutely love the fact that Wes is the same guy who wrote that garbage article after game 3 is now having to eat his words. 

We heard all the crap about the Ducks had control of the series, and it looked like years past, and the Ducks physical play was to much for the wings, and holmstroms elbow took out Wisniewski and blah blah blah blah and blah.

All while failing to mention the Wings dominated the second half of game 3 and were robbed a goal from Hossa to tie it up. 

I posted on that board then the wings would win, and Wes would be eating his words. 

Oh how sweet it is.

Game 7 was a great game, I for one think anaheim played great in the series especially in game 6 when they were facing elimination.

The Ducks easily could have won the game even thought hey were out played through out the majority of it. 

One thing i will take away from this series is the lack of penalty killing skills the wings have.  I know it was a weakness all year but this is rediculous.

In final Eat it Wes!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 2:04 pm

Detroit goes deep because it is

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Detroit goes deep because it IS

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