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With some momentum in tow heading back home, the Detroit Red Wings set out to make the 2013 first round look much different than 2012. Unfortunately, after a lazy game three effort, the result was the same and the Anaheim Ducks enjoyed a relatively easy 4-0 road victory.
The Ducks started off the first period dominating momentum, firing the first five shots on Jimmy Howard. Eventually, when things steadied, the Red Wings were the benefactor of a 4 on 3 power play. When that began to expire without incident, another Anaheim penalty gave Detroit nearly a full 5 on 3. Multiple whiffed shots later, the Red Wings had a 5 on 4 man advantage which also went by the wayside. Near the end of the period, the Ducks finally got their chance, but the Red Wings savagely killed off their own 5 on 3 as time expired to the delight of the crowd.
In the second period, Anahiem’s early pressure felt overwhelming to Detroit, but the Red Wings managed to side step several chances. Detroit got the first man advantage, but as per usual in this game, got nothing done. That hurt, especially when Justin Abdelkader made a questionable hit, leaving his feet and running over Toni Lydman. The referees debated, and decided to eject Abdelkader, giving Anaheim a five minute power play. They quickly took advantage, as Nick Bonino jammed a goal past Howard for the icebreaker. Detroit weathered the storm, however, only allowing two more shots as the period drew to a close.
An irresponsible play by Damien Brunner allowed Ryan Getzlaf to score a shorthanded goal early in the third period. After that point, disinterest set in during the period, and quick goals by Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey helped close things out for Detroit and apply the screws with a 4-0 lead. Flailing away and shooting directly into Jonas Hiller, the Red Wings weren’t able to put much credible offensive heat on the Ducks the rest of the way. Listlessly, they watched the stands empty out, surrendering whatever home ice advantage they had at the beginning of the day.
Red Wings’ Wheel: Nobody. A lazy, inconsistent effort all over the ice for everybody in red. It would be unfair to say any Red Wing played well, especially with lazy defense, non-existent offense and an overall confused looking approach. It was an off night at the worst possible time.
Red Wings’ Heel: Damien Brunner. Abdelkader made a silly mistake with the hit, Jakub Kindl played bad as usual, Brian Lashoff looked terrible after being inserted into the lineup and Mikel Samuelson was largely useless. Still, the worst night was had by Brunner. His shots were predictable on the offensive end, and his big mistake on the giveaway to Getzlaf effectively ended the night. Truly, Brunner’s best minutes on the ice were spent serving Abdelkader’s penalty. It was not a good day for the playoff rookie.
Best Play Of The Game: When the horn sounded. No use mincing words about tonight’s effort. The best part about game three for Detroit was when it finally, mercilessly ended.
Worst Play Of The Game: The response to Abdelkader’s hit. Instead of using the hit and a decent job on the subsequent penalty kill to fire themselves up, the Red Wings played as if they didn’t care in the third period and allowed Anaheim to completely take things over. The hit ended up being the turning point in the game, but not because it was shockingly vicious or the Ducks scored. Instead, Detroit’s lazy, confused response to it provided Anaheim all the juice they needed to win.
Series Standing: Anaheim leads 2-1, and the Red Wings will need to respond well just to get this series back to California tied for a game five. If they give up as bad as they did last season in game four, this will be another five game sweep.
Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
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Detroit's Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman.
The suspension means Abdelkader must miss Games 4 and 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Ducks. Anaheim leads the series 2-1.
Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty...
DETROIT Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader's season could be over.
The NHL suspended Abdelkader two games for his hit on Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman during the second period of Saturday's Game 3. Abdelkader received a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct.
In a video explaining the additional punishment, NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan...
Justin Abdelkader will be lost for the Red Wings for Games 4 and 5 after a devastating hit he left on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman in the second period of Game 3 Saturday night.
After the game, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock didn’t think any suspension was in order for Abdelkader suggesting it was a shoulder to shoulder hit with no contact being made to the head.
“To me, I watched...
Justin Abdelkader’s controversial hit turned Game 3 — and possibly the series — of the Detroit-Anaheim playoff series in the Ducks’ favor. The two teams were locked in a close-checking 0-0 tie late in the second period when Abdelkader delivered a punishing shot on Anaheim defender Toni Lydman, which knocked Lydman from the game with a possible head injury. Abdelkader was...
Okay, so Justin Abdelkader's hit on Toni Lydman resulted in a predictable probable concussion and, as is customary in Wings-Ducks series, a 2-game suspension (and quite the meandering from one Mitch Albom, which was a good read, honestly), as well as a healthy discussion of the art of hitting in the Shanaban-era NHL.
After Sunday's worth of continued defense of the hit...
The NHL suspended, Detroit Red Wing player, Justin Abdelkader for two games because of his illegal hit on Toni Lydman of the Mighty Ducks. Lydman is suffering from migraines and neck stiffness and is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.
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Justin Abdelkader missed the final period-plus of the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 3 loss to Anaheim after being ejected. He’ll now sit out Games 4 and 5, as well.
NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan announced the punishment for Abdelkader’s hit on the Ducks’ Toni Lydman following a phone hearing Sunday. Shanahan explained his decision:
“Abdelkader skates a considerable...
Justin Abdelkader's hit on Toni Lydman late in the second period of Game 3 was the turning point. He received a five-minute major and a game misconduct as a result. The Ducks then scored 18 seconds into the power play to go up 1-0.
That was all the Ducks would need, but they added some Aflac with another three goals in the third period. Goodbye, home ice; it was nice having...
After the Ducks and Red Wings split the first two games in Anaheim, the series headed to Detroit. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked by the media if the goal was to win one of the two games in Detroit to regain home ice advantage.
"We're going there to win two," was the captain's response.
It was not a cocky or arrogant reply, but one of confidence...
DETROIT -- Red Wings coach Mike Babcock defended Justin Abdelkader on Sunday and believes he should play in Game 4 on Monday.
Of course, former Wing Brendan Shanahan, currently the NHL's director of player safety, will make that call at 4 p.m.
At 15:11 of the second period Saturday night, Abdelkader leveled Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman, who didn't return to the game....
Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was given a 5-minute major and ejected for this hit on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, who left the game and will not return:
You will see what you will see, and the video will support your opinion. We are all subjective here, and in my opinion, it was a clean hit in intent that ended up very ugly--and was penalized properly.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
After teammate Justin Abdelkader was ejected Saturday from Game 3 of the Red Wings' playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks for a charging major that knocked Toni Lydman out of the game, Quincey admitted he's had to change his way of thinking since he was suspended a year ago for a big hit of his own.
"For a defenseman, there'...
Mikael Samuelsson is replacing forward Justin Abdelkader on the Detroit Red Wings first line for Monday's Game 4.
Abdelkader is out because of the two-game suspension he received Sunday afternoon after hitting Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman.
Samuelsson will be playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, head coach Mike Babcock told reports during Monday's morning...
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DETROIT (AP) -- Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play -- 18 seconds after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman -- and the Ducks went on to a 4-0 victory Saturday night to take a 2-1 series lead over the Red Wings in the Western Conference playoffs.
Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman square in the side of the head with...