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Ducks’ coach Boudreau: ‘We need more out of Perry, Getzlaf’

May 11, 2013, 12:19 AM EST

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The Anaheim Ducks finished second in the Western Conference standings, but will be pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings forced a seventh and deciding game with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Ducks on Friday. The Ducks found themselves down two goals with less than four minutes remaining in the third period, but forced overtime with goals 51 seconds apart.

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice for Detroit, including in the winner.

Zetterberg also had an assist for a three-point night. His teammate, Pavel Datsyuk, also had three points in the win.

Meanwhile, the duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf combined for just one assist, which came on Bobby Ryan‘s tying goal that sent the game to overtime.

The Red Wings’ big-name players were simply better than the Ducks’ big-name players, at least on Friday.

“I think we need more out of Corey, out of [Getzlaf]; I mean, we rely on them,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told NHL.com.

“But we’ve been a four-line team all year long. The Palmieris and the Etems are the guys playing as good as anybody right now. If we can equalize Zetterberg and Datsyuk, I think we’ve got a good chance.”

  1. beelza - May 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Three Ducks goals were three Ducks gifts. Detroit’s Valtteri Filppula’s no-look pass behind the Red Wings net was not a turnover, it was an assist for Anahiem. Puck hits crossbar, bounces off and hit’s Detroit dman Smith and bounces back into the net. Referee attempted to fix the outcome of the game (not a blown call) when Detroit’s Quincey was tripped from behind by Perry, and Perry took the ilegally obtained puck and passed to Ryan who scored. Anahiem was lucky, they themselves did not “earn” one of those three goals. Luck has won more than a few championships and in the end, no one really cares how the goals were scored. Anyone who thinks referee’s, who work for Bettman, cannot fix game outcomes in front of millions of TV viewers, you’re wrong. Watch that Perry trip on Quincey.

    • gekkoguy82 - May 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Smith’s defensive play leaves a LOT to be desired.

    • enollatsknarf - May 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      The conspiracy is true. Bettman wanted the Ducks to win so bad he gave them ZERO power plays.

      Take off your tin foil hat there pal.

    • Laura - May 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      So the theory is the game was fixed because the ref (on Bettman’s orders) didn’t call a blatant trip?

      Did the Ducks win? or was Bettman’s favored team the Red WIngs? I don’t get it.

  2. wingsfan13 - May 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I agree on the missed tripping call on Perry to tie the game. But Flippulas brain cramp happens and Smitty was just the victim of a bad bounce. With that said there was no way the ref should not have called the trip on Quincy he was less than ten feet away looking right at the play, the end result is what matters most and the ducks can’t be feeling real good about their chances in game 7 unless the hockey gods shine on them some more. GO WINGS!!!!!!!

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