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Fox Sports Detroit:
For the past several seasons, the Red Wings' lack of offense has been their downfall in the playoffs.
Their inability to score was on full display again Tuesday night in Anaheim, where the Wings managed only 22 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Ducks in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
For the Wings to be successful in Game 2 Thursday night, they must be disciplined, aggressive and create sustained pressure in the Anaheim zone.
Too often it was one shot-and-done for the Wings against Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller on Tuesday. And although Hiller made some big saves, he was never challenged by a constant barrage, which leads to the root of the Wings' problem.
Johan Franzen, Val Filppula, Damien Brunner, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg need to generate more offensive chances and then put the puck in the net.
We can talk all we want about the Wings staying out of the penalty box, thus keeping the NHLs fourth-best power-play unit off the ice. But the reality is, the Wings' best offensive players must score goals -- or they're cooked.
Anaheim is beatable, especially 5-on-5. And against the Wings, the Ducks seem to lose their cool, which should play into Detroits hands.
Still, if you cant put the puck in the net, taking the Ducks off their game is nearly impossible.
What's most troubling about Tuesdays loss is, the Wings scored just one goal. Sure, you can spin it, say that last weeks playoff push took a mental toll on the Wings, which affected their intensity level.
I will accept that, but only to a point.
For years, all we heard was that Detroits early playoff struggles happened because it faced teams that had to scratch and claw to make the playoffs; while the Wings had coasted to the finish line, their opponents were already playing playoff hockey
Anaheim had little to play for during the final weeks of the season, while the Wings needed every point. So you would think that Detroit had the advantage on Tuesday, but that wasnt the story.
The storyline was all too familiar and disastrous for the Wings: a nonexistence offense coupled with giving up power-play goals.
If that doesnt change, then this playoff run won't last long.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
Defenseman Nick Jensen has opted to skip his senior season at St. Cloud State to join the Detroit Red Wings franchise. The team made the announcement official on Thursday:
Wings sign defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year entry-level deal with the club
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 2, 2013
Jensen was the Wings’ fifth-round pick (No. 150 overall) back in 2009, then...
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...
The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He scored four goals and a total of 31 points for St. Cloud State last season.
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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For five Detroit Red Wings, Tuesday was a night they won’t forget.
Defencemen Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, as well as forwards Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner, made their Stanley Cup debuts at the Honda Center in Game 1 of the Wings’ Western Conference quarter-final series against the Anaheim Ducks.
Jae C. Hong / Associated Press
By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
On Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings extended their professional sports leading playoff streak of 22 consecutive appearances with a decisive 3-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars.
With that victory, Detroit finished the season on a four-game winning streak and clinched the seventh playoff position. The Red Wings were 5-2-3 in...
Babcock seems a little more relaxed than usual today and I actually laughed at his remarks about the travel between Ottawa and Montreal near the end of this five minute video.
If you want more interviews, check out this page at the Wings website.
For the 22nd straight year, Joe Louis Arena is ready to host exciting Stanley Cup playoff action as the Red Wings battle the Ducks. (Larsenphotography, Flickr)
The Detroit Red Wings managed to fight late season odds stacked against them and make the playoffs. The last two weeks, there’s been no hotter team in hockey than Detroit, and the hunger and focus needed to fight into the...
I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.
I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.
I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything. I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail. I'm a stat and cap geek. I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the...
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...
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...