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‘Lost opportunity': Ducks can’t put ‘stranglehold’ on Red Wings

May 3, 2013, 3:00 AM EDT

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It could’ve been the best comeback to date early in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. But it didn’t work out that way.

The Anaheim Ducks fell behind the Detroit Red Wings by three goals early in the third period of Game 2 of that Western Conference quarter-final on Thursday, before staging a courageous comeback attempt.

The Ducks scored three times in just under 10 minutes to tie the hockey game, sending it to overtime. Ducks’ forward Bobby Ryan scored the equalizer with 2:22 remaining in the third period.

However, not much time was passed before jubilation turned to heartbreak for Ducks’ fans.

Gustav Nyquist scored a power play goal just 1:21 into the extra period to give the Red Wings the 5-4 victory.

The series is now tied at 1-1, as it shifts to Detroit.

“We lost an opportunity to put a stranglehold on them in the series, and we let it get away,” Ryan told NHL.com.

“The team has been resilient all year in coming back in those opportunities and we believed. We almost pulled it off.

“You lose that home-ice advantage, right? Now they only have to take care of their building. I don’t know. I don’t think we were going to win in four games anyway. We knew we were going to have to win in their building. Now it’s paramount to do it earlier.”

  1. cspuck7 - May 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Wow the Wings almost blew this one, their parade to the box with stupid penalties in the third really allowed Anaheim to climb back in, and was only trumped by that ridiculous penalty by Souray at the end of regulation. Glad to see them pull this one out, but if they don’t stop giving the 4th ranked powerplay chances to score, this series could be over quickly

    • polegojim - May 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Yes – that was bad… just bad.

      The Wings got lazy and stopped skating ‘playoff’ style hockey. Mental errors for the last 20 mins.

      I’m happy for the win… but a couple guys had an overall bad game on the D side… Kronwall let them them skate around and through him into the offensive zone all night. Smith gave them the EASY first goal by being a spectator and not cleaning up around the net… that was his job and he just stood there. Ericsson was back to his soft play behind the net – love taps and whiffs.

      C’Mon… Let’s GO RED WINGS!

  2. hockeydon10 - May 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    They went into that classic prevent defense. The one that almost prevented them from winning after securing a three goal lead.

    • polegojim - May 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Yep… just like in football.

      To win the Cup… a killer instinct is critical. You drive until the final buzzer and never let your foot off the back of the neck. Never give the opponents any hope.

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