Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/11/13
DETROIT -- There's nothing quite like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Some of the Wings will be experiencing it for the first time when the Red Wings face the Ducks in Anaheim Sunday night. For others, it's not their first rodeo. Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who scored the game-winner in overtime of Game 6, has been in a few of them. "You dont have many chances to play a Game 7 throughout the course of your career," Zetterberg said. "We just have to embrace it, have fun, enjoy it. Its a special atmosphere. Its fun to play those games. Were looking forward to it and play like we have been, play our system and well have a good chance. "Its do or die. Its the last game of the series. Weve played them six times, both teams know each other inside and out. Its tight. There are a lot of emotions and you dont do it often thats why its so special." Justin Abdelkader, who has been in a Game 7 or two, thinks it's fun. "I don't think there's anything like a Game 7," Abdelkader said. "We're looking forward to it and it's going be a great atmosphere in Anaheim and I think it's great for hockey, it's great for both these clubs. It's been a heck of a series, back and forth." The Wings will be playing a Game 7 for the 23rd time in team history. Of those 22 games, 16 were at home and the Wings won 11 of them. On the road, the Wings are 2-4 in Game 7s. "Ive been fortunate to win some in Game 7 and lose some in Game 7, Ive lost at home and won on the road," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Its just a big game. Were excited." Gustav Nyquist is looking forward to his first series clincher. "Its going to be a lot of fun," Nyquist said. "Were just going to prepare the same way that weve done this whole series. Thats what we have to do. We know its going to be tight. We know its going to be tough. Its going to be hard with their home crowd, but well be ready for it." Carlo Colaiacovo is a veteran defenseman but he's never been in a Game 7. "That's all you talk about growing up playing hockey is being in that moment of a seventh game," Colaiacovo said. "Game 7's always an extra bonus when you're playing at home, the energy of the crowd to feed off of. But obviously they're going to try to use that against us and we've got to weather the storm in the first 10 minutes and play good, simple hockey, try to make them play out of their comfort zone." Both teams have won on the road in this series so the Ducks don't necessarily believe it guarantees them anything. "It hasn't really been a tremendous home-ice advantage," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't think where we play is really going to matter." The Wings have already set a new franchise record with four overtime games in a single playoff series. It would not be a shock to see a fifth between these two evenly matched teams. According to STATS LLC, it's only happened twice in NHL history, in 1951 in the Stanley Cup Finals between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, and in 2012 in the Western Conference finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes. "Were not ready to end this season right now," Jonathan Ericsson said. "We want to go for another month or two months."
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