Found May 09, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Anaheim_ducks_v_e8b2
Ryan Getzlaf has been dominant when the Anaheim Ducks have needed their captain most, scoring clutch goals in two of their three wins. ''Isn't that what he's supposed to do?'' coach Bruce Boudreau asked after his team arrived Thursday night in Detroit. ''Your best player is supposed to be your best player.'' It hasn't worked out that way so far for the Detroit Red Wings and their captain, putting them on the brink of elimination at home in Game 6 of their first-round series against Anaheim. Zetterberg hasn't scored in the playoffs in nearly 13 months. He has gone a career-high seven postseason games without a goal dating to last year's first-round setback against Nashville. ''You want to be on the scoresheet,'' Zetterberg said. ''All you can do is continue to work hard, keep putting pucks on the net, and hopefully one or two will sneak by the goalie.'' Two of Getzlaf's three goals - a total that puts him among NHL leaders - helped lift the Ducks to leads in the series. He had a short-handed goal midway through the third period of Game 3 to give Anaheim a two-goal lead in a game it won 4-0 to go ahead 2-1 in the series. He pulled the Ducks into a 2-2 tie with 31 seconds left in Game 5, helping them extend a game they took 3-2 in overtime to go ahead 3-2 in the best-of-seven matchup. Getzlaf said the Ducks plan to match the desperation Detroit will have, hoping to avoid playing an up-for-grabs Game 7 back in Anaheim. ''We've worked really hard throughout the year to know what to do in these situations,'' he said. ''We're excited about trying to get that win here in Detroit.'' The Red Wings, of course, have other plans and can point to Zetterberg's past production in the playoffs as a source of optimism. Zetterberg and Philadelphia's Danny Briere lead the league with 48 postseason goals since 2006, according to STATS, and only Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have produced more points in the playoffs than Zetterberg (80) since 2008. The Swede isn't sweating his scoring slump, or the situation the seventh-seeded Red Wings are in against a bigger and perhaps better team. ''We've been through this before,'' Zetterberg said. ''It's first to four, not first to three.'' Zetterberg, though, wasn't in the NHL the last time the Red Wings advanced after trailing a series 3-2. Detroit, in its 22nd straight postseason, hasn't won Games 6 and 7 in a series since coming back in the Western Conference finals to beat Colorado in 2002 - the season before Zetterberg's rookie year. They went on to hoist the Stanley Cup that season. As good as Getzlaf is, the Ducks are in the playoffs for just the second time in four years and have made it out of the first round only once - in 2009 - since he led them to a title in 2007. He bounced back this year with a team-high 49 points in 44 games during the lockout-shortened season after slipping to third on the team in scoring last season. Getzlaf has followed his strong play with more of the same in the playoffs. ''It's not going to hurt his reputation at all, but things change on a dime,'' Boudreau said. ''People only remember the end result, quite frankly. If we were to go out and play two duds in a row, then that's all they're going to remember is that we lost.'' The Ducks might also lament that Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader knocked out defenseman Toni Lydman with a blow to the head that led to a suspension for the Red Wing and likely a series-ending injury for Lydman. Abdelkader landed his left shoulder on the side of Lydman's head in Game 3 and was suspended for the next two games. While the Red Wings are looking forward to getting Abdelkader back on Zetterberg's line, Anaheim is left to wish Lydman was on their blue line. ''Whether it be (Game 6) or Sunday, I got to believe it would be hard for him to get back in the lineup,'' Boudreau said. --- Follow Larry Lage on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/larrylage
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Ducks forward Matt Beleskey stabbed an octopus with his stick

Ducks beat Wings for 3-2 series lead

Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the second round with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy took the puck behind the Detroit net and fed it in front. Bonino scored for the Ducks, who took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, where the Ducks will attempt...

Corey Perry kicks Jimmy Howard in the balls not once, but twice (video/GIF)

During Wednesday’s match-up between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the teams’ Western Conference quarterfinals series, Ducks winger Corey Perry committed two separate egregious affronts to the crotchal region of Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard within a few-second time span. It appears that the first one netted Perry a two-minute [...]The post Corey Perry...

Ducks take series lead vs. Wings with OT win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the second round with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy took the puck behind the Detroit net and fed it in front. Bonino scored for the Ducks, who took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is Friday night at Joe Louis Arena...

Corey Perry kicks Jimmy Howard in the junk - Twice

Corey Perry has a bit of a bad reputation around the NHL for questionable hits and dirty plays after the whistle. In Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings, Perry was given a two-minute penalty for interfering with goaltender Jimmy Howard. Perry certainly earned his two minutes, kicking Howard in a sensitive area. Twice.  You could make a case that the first...

Wings and Ducks Have Another 3-2 OT Game

The game wasn't pretty between the Ducks  and Red Wings, but it sure ended beautifully!  Game 5 required overtime to decide, but unlike the first two overtime matches, this time Anaheim came out the victor.   A mere 1:54 into the extra period, Nick Bonino put the puck behind Jimmy Howard to give the Ducks the 3-2 win and the 3-2 lead in the series. Defenseman Ben...

Nick Bonino’s Overtime Goal Pushes Detroit Red Wings to the Brink: Video

The Anaheim Ducks needed just 1:54 in overtime on Wednesday — the third OT game during this hard-fought series between the Ducks and Detroit Red Wings — to find the back of the net and take a 3-2 series lead. Nick Bonino, with Detroit’s Joakim Andersson unsuccessfully trying to cover him, slapped home a one-timer off a pass from Ben Lovejoy to hand the Ducks a 3-2 win. Lovejoy...

Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf and Red Wings’ Bertuzzi get into it on bench

During the third period with the Detroit Red Wings up 2-1, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf took exception to a penalty that was called on Andrew Cogliano and accused Pavel Datsyuk of diving.  Getzlaf was heated and was chirping at Datsyuk when they returned to their benches.  Todd Bertuzzi wasn’t going to have any of it and stood up for Datsyuk and got into it with Getzlaf...

Strange…Are Those The Lights of Whitefish Bay?

The other day I made mention of the fact that Ryan Getzlaf hasn't won a faceoff since 2009.   That's just a fact, and I can cite the references if you need me to get all redolent on you.  I also said he'd been ineffective.  That, right there, was dumb and stays dumb today.  He's been highly dangerous, a wicked man with a stupid long face and horrible hair. But...

Brendan Smith Victimized by Fluky Bounce on Own Goal: Video

Kyle Quincey made the mistakes and Brendan Smith paid. The Anaheim Ducks’ first goal on Friday night in Game 6 came courtesy of a couple of Wings’ errors. The biggest came at center ice, where Quincey fired a pass to no one in particular, allowing the Ducks to counter attack. Kyle Palmieri then blew past Quincey into the Wings’ zone and fired a shot that ricocheted off the...

Red Wings Fan Flips Double Bird As Ducks Celebrate Goal

It was an exciting 3rd period in Detroit, as the Anaheim Ducks were trying to eliminate the Red Wings in Game 6 of the opening round of the playoffs.  The Red Wings were leading 3-1 and five minutes away from forcing a Game 7, but the Ducks scored two goals within 90 seconds of each other to force overtime. In the GIF above, I slowed down the Ducks celebration of their game tying...

Mark Spizzirri: GAMEDAY: Red Wings vs. Ducks GAME 5

Make sure to follow Mark on Twitter! The Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings have returned to the West Coast to play Game 5 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal Series after a split of the two games in Detroit over the weekend. If Anaheim goes on to lose this series, the Ducks will undoubtedly look back at their inability to close out Game 4 as the likely turning point...

Mark Spizzirri: GAMEDAY: Ducks vs. Red Wings; Elimination Game #1?

Make sure to follow Mark on Twitter! UPDATE: Join myself and Jim "Boomer" Gordon of Sirius/XM NHL Home Ice this afternoon at 1:05pm ET as we discuss tonight's Game 6 and what Detroit needs to do to extend this series to a 7th and deciding game. Only a short 48 hours after the Anaheim Ducks felt like they let a potential playoff win slip through their fingers...

Red Wings-Ducks Preview

A theatrical playoff series gets an appropriately grand finale when Anaheim hosts Detroit in Game 7 on Sunday night. Although the Ducks and Red Wings could be stressed by this test, most are treating it as an opportunity and a reward for nearly two weeks of exhausting work. After all, somebody gets to be the hero. ''If you can't enjoy it, then you're in the wrong...

Ducks Today

from AJ Manderichio of AnaheimDucks.com, “When you’re a kid, you have dreams that you’re playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Corey Perry said. “That’s the fun part of the hockey. You dream about Game 7s and to be that one guy to step up [and win one] is pretty special.” “You don’t get many opportunities like this,” Cam Fowler said. “You try...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.