Found May 01, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
If not for Jonathan Quicks outstanding goaltending performance Tuesday night in St. Louis, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would have found themselves down by more than just a goal after the first period. Quick was outstanding stopping 13 shots in the opening frame and 40 in the game, before his miscue behind the net in overtime led to the game-winning shorthanded goal by the Blues Alex Steen. It was the first game-winning shorthanded goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2006. "When the puck went down behind the Kings net, I figured I'd try and put some pressure on Quick and I got fortunate it hit my stick," Steen told Hockey Night in Canada. Quick is no stranger to poor play with the puck in the playoffs. In Game 5 of last years Stanley Cup Finals, his giveaway led directly to goal by the Devils, Zach Parise. The Blues' victory snaps an eight-game losing streak to the Kings and spoiled what was almost a magical comeback by the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Kings were held scoreless for 59 minutes and 28 seconds before Justin Williams beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott with a shot high on the glove side sending the game to overtime. Down in Anaheim, it was the Ducks' ageless wonder Teemu Selanne with the game winning goal in 3-1 Ducks victory over Detroit. For the 42-year-old Selanne, it was his 42nd career playoff goal. Every time you can score in the playoffs its a great feeling. When you have a passion to score goals it doesnt matter how old you are. Maybe the celebrations go down a little, but inside its a great feeling. If you cant get up and excited for the playoffs you are in the wrong place, Selanne said. While its just one game, it was an important victory for the Ducks, which many of the NHL experts picked to be upset in the first round by the Red Wings. A loss in Game 1 would have added fuel to the fire that the Ducks were not as good as their regular season record indicated. We said it a million times this year. Weve been a team that has quietly flown under the radar this year and they (Red Wings) were playing playoff hockey down the stretch. Flying under the radar is just fine with us, Ryan said. Obviously we finished second in our conference for a reason and we were expecting to win this game. We have a lot of respect for that team in the other locker room. They have 22 consecutive playoff appearances for a reason, Selanne said. Both the Ducks and the Kings will resume action on Thursday with the Kings trying to square the series at one and Anaheim looking to keep home-ice advantage with a victory and a 2-0 series lead.

Ducks take Game 1 from Red Wings

Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 21 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks returned to the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Nick Bonino also scored a power-play goal, and Francois Beauchemin added an empty-netter for the second-seeded Ducks. They hung on in the final minutes of the opener...

Hiller's 21 saves powers Ducks to Game 1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 21 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks returned to the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Nick Bonino also scored a power-play goal, and Francois Beauchemin added an empty-netter for the second-seeded Ducks. They hung on in the...

Corey Perry kicks Jimmy Howard

In the second period of Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Ducks' Corey Perry ill-advisedly skated through the crease and lifted his left skate, which came into contact with the face of Wings netminder Jimmy Howard. Have a look at the dangerous play below [via SB Nation]: The Clint Malarchuk incident always comes to mind in these situations. Thankfully, Howard was okay...

League should consider intent when penalizing

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry is an enigma -- a gifted scorer who has an edge but can't seem to play a clean, physical game. During the second period of the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday, Perry skated across the Wings crease, in between goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Nik Kronwall. Perry, in trying to avoid Howard, leaped up in air and clipped...

Patch-y Fabrics As The Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf Begin The Playoffs.

I recently landed a sweet new addition to my Ryan Getzlaf Collection. Numbered 16/35, it's a fantastic patch from the Authentic Fabrics subset of 2012-2013 Upper Deck SP Game Used.Three colors, stitching, Getzy pictured in both the Captain's C and a visor, and all for the paltry sum of $4 delivered? Winner winner. The Ducks open the playoffs tonight at home, hosting the Red...

Anaheim Ducks open with Jonas Hiller in goal

Veteran Anaheim Ducks Jonas Hiller gradually rounded into form during the lockout-shortened season.His goals-against average during the first two months of the season were 3.43 and 3.23. His turnaround came in March, when he played in 13 games and started 12 of them. Hiller’s GAAs for the last two months were 1.95 and 1.94. His save percentages those months were .926 and .931...

Corey Perry goes Cobra Kai on Jimmy Howard

Red Wings-Ducks Preview

A day after the Anaheim Ducks wrapped up the most impressive regular season in franchise history, they were eager to forget all about it. The Ducks realize their impressive record and Pacific Division title won't matter much to the Detroit Red Wings, who had to scramble just to make the postseason while Anaheim only needed to coast. That's why Detroit is a fashionable pick...

Corey Perry Kicks Jimmy Howard in the Head During Game 1: Video

Corey Perry has never been one to shy away from playing the role of irritant when the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks get together. And the Ducks veteran was up to his old tricks again Tuesday during Game 1 of the teams’ Western Conference playoff series. In the second period of the game, Perry had a scoring chance in close on Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard made the save...

Watch Three Minutes Of Ducks Talking

Some of the Anaheim Ducks players and Bruce Boudreau talk about facing the Wings.  

Wings vs. Ducks - Who's Better? The "Experts'" Predictions

I dig previews.  It shows how little most of the supposed experts really know.  So why wait? Lets take a look.   Detroit Free Press:  Helene St. James -  Red Wings in six. The travel will test, but the way the Red Wings have been playing for the past week should carry them through this series. The Wings already showed twice this season that they can win in Anaheim. The...

Detroit and Anaheim Series Starts Tonight

This the the ninth time the Ducks have gone to the post season.  It will be the sixth time they have to face the Detroit Red Wings.   No wonder these two teams and their fans hate each other.  They are sick of seeing each other.   The first time they met in 1997, the Ducks put up a huge fight, taking the Red Wings to multiple overtimes.  They still were swept by the...

Game 1: Red Wings vs. Ducks

[singlepic id=51 w=484 h=100 float=center]   Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks Venue: Honda Center; Anaheim, CA Time: 10:30 PM EST Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network Series: Tied 0-0   It took until the final game of the season, but the Detroit Red Wings were able to clinch their 22nd consecutive playoff berth in dominating...
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