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Discuss: Ducks derail Detroit for 2-1 series lead

May 4, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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If the Detroit Red Wings were expecting a big boost from their first-round series switching to Joe Louis Arena in Game 3, they were sorely mistaken. Instead, the Anaheim Ducks beat a flat Detroit squad 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead on Saturday.

A few questions/thoughts to ponder:

  • The Ducks have out-scored the Red Wings 8-1 in the third period in this series, including 3-0 on Saturday (and that thunderous near-comeback in Game 2). What do you attribute that to? Potential choices: the Ducks’ youth and size, a thinning Red Wings supporting cast or perhaps Bruce Boudreau’s system.
  • Would you consider Justin Abdelkader‘s ejection (and the subsequent five-minute major power play that came with it) the turning point? Anaheim scored the game-winner/1-0 tally shortly after that.
  • Either way, the Red Wings experienced a slow night, firing just 23 shots on Jonas Hiller. What can Mike Babcock do to turn things around for a team that seems to be fading a bit?
  • Is this 2-1 series start an affirmation of the Ducks’ season? Many believe that Anaheim rode more than a little bit of luck to win the Pacific Division and grab the West’s second seed.
  • Speaking of a lack of appreciation, how long will it take for Boudreau to garner consideration as a high-level coach? He’s produced some great results in his brief NHL career.
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  1. ravenscaps48 - May 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Sorry to state the obvious, but Detroit looked OLD this evening.

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Damn ravenscaps48, had you waited another two minutes and forty one seconds, I would have won the pool, to wit:

    ‘How long before some wiseass rolls out the time- worn adage regarding Wings age?’

    Talk about ‘old’…let’s talk clichés…

    • ravenscaps48 - May 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Was I wrong?

  3. jonkchar - May 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I think the Red Wings may be simply happy that they made the postseason, and that mindset is going to lose them this series

    • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      If that is true then the mighty have fallen far indeed. I think the Wings have something left, but they sure need to find some motivation somewhere.

  4. jessejames182 - May 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    How about how empty Joe Louis Arena looked before the Ducks went up 3-0, it was a Saturday what do you have to do to get people to watch Red Wings in the Playoffs? They seem to be at every other arena.

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