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Discuss: Red Wings hold on to eliminate Ducks in Game 7

May 13, 2013, 12:59 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are on to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Red Wings looked to have everything under control in the third period, before allowing a power play goal against late in regulation time and having to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of this quarter-final series.

Discuss, please.

  • Ducks’ forward Corey Perry, who earlier this season signed an eight-year contract extension worth $69 million, had no goals and just two assists in this series.
  • Have we seen the last of Teemu Selanne? The 42-year-old Selanne has enjoyed a lengthy NHL career, but didn’t register a single point in the final four games of this series.
  • Detroit’s first three wins in this series came in overtime. Achieved victory in regulation time Sunday, but barely.
  • Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring at 1:49 of the first period. He also scored twice in Game 6 – his first two goals of the series – and had eight points in the series.
  • Zetterberg did take a delay of game penalty for firing the puck over the glass from his own end. The Ducks capitalized, providing a dramatic finish.
  • After a shaky start, the Ducks were able to push back through the first period. That was until Justin Abdelkader‘s short-handed goal that gave the Red Wings the lead.
  • After dispatching of the second-place team in the Western Conference, the Red Wings will now play the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners as the league’s top regular season team.
  1. sjawesome - May 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Is Howard ever going to get called for diving?

    • polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      You mean when he gets hit in the head with a stick???

      And you had to race to be ‘first comment’ with THAT???

      • sjawesome - May 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        I dislike both of these teams equally but Howard diving throughout the series played a role in the ducks losing. And it was pretty annoying to watch

      • polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM


        Oh wait, you must mean… diving after pucks and diving to make incredible saves… Sorry my bad

      • sjawesome - May 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        nope I mean all of his theatrical embellishment. The dude was flopping around like a soccer player out there

      • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        He got grazed with the stick and was Cleary* not the target or the point of impact of that stick to the face. It’s nowhere near Mike Smith, but it was pretty bad.

        *I’m not proud of that. Not at all.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Diving?! How about Perry pushing him down and stomping on his nuts and no call. Or how many times he got snowed, or pushed over. And you are implying he was diving? If anything the ducks should of been called for more penalties. Great series by both teams, stop being a chump.

      • sjawesome - May 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Perry is a dirty player, don’t get me wrong, I am just pointing out that Howard was going way over the top to get calls. The ducks deserved to lose. Their top guys didn’t perform and Detroit’s did.

    • sjawesome - May 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      here is a video for all of you red wings fans backing up your boy Howard. This is from game 7, as in a few hours ago. FLOPPER

      • kendog1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        you’re joking right? Selanne punches him in the head with his stick and his head snaps back. Duck’s strategy is always to run the goalie with gutless cheap shots

      • uplionsfan - May 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Take a look at the video closer! Howard did try and draw a penalty, I give you that, but the penalty call was made when Selane hit Eaves in the side of the head with his stick, watch the referee, he points right at it when making the call! The embellishment by Howard had no effect! And flopping occurs in all sports, and honestly the Wings do the least of any team in the NHL! GO WINGS!

      • beelza - May 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Sellane is cheapshot, coward, POS. He deserved to have his ass beat. Eaves is out for 1 1/2 years broken jaw, concussion. Sellane, with his stick, crosschecks him right in the jaw. Sellane knew about eaves broken jaw and concussion.

    • barnesaintnoble - May 13, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      do you watch sports? Flopping, unfortunately, has become a part of every sport. Howard is just a good goalie, not a great one. He made up the difference by exaggerating contact here and there. It’s game 7, got to do whatever it takes to survive and advance.

      • kendog1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:34 AM

        do YOU watch sports? your comment is a flop

    • kendog1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      That is your comment? You kind of a biased loser, no?

    • imauggiedoggie - May 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      WTF? you think he has a chance at making the 2016 US summer olympic team? this is hockey hits & all. and so, he DID get smacked around a bit, not necessarily on purpose, but justified penalties for goalie interference especially from perry, ryan, and the rest of the go-home-til next year ducks.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Goalie diving shouldn’t ever be ridiculed or judged.

      1. Stay the hell away from them. You shouldn’t be touching them or put yourself in a position where you’re in contact with them anyway. Stay away and it won’t happen.
      2. They can’t protect themselves like anyone else. They have to wear cumbersome equipment and get in awkward injury-prone positions. If refs won’t protect them, they’ll protect themselves.

      Anyone else diving, it makes me ill. Goalies, I’ll never judge. BTW a Sharks fan should never judge diving. Ever.

    • clefty1 - May 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      You sound like a whining Ducks fan. Howard was better then Hiller…

  2. niobiumh2 - May 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Bring on the Hawks!

    is perry every going to stop being a douche bag?

    • polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      My only beef was watching Perry and Getzlaf get cheap… and then whine about icing calls.

      CMon man…

    • kendog1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      Really! Perry is a complete punk. Look who he calls out when he tries to be tough, Pavel Datsyuk! What does he have on him, 5″ in height and 30 pounds in weight? Either that or running into helpless goalies after the whistle. Glad to see him going home

  3. 19wasthebest - May 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Way to go Redwing. Lets get ready for the Hawks. Play the way you did this series and it will be hard but they can be beat.

    Let’s go Wings

    • andrewproughcfe - May 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Watching both 7th seeds win in the first round makes me feel thankful my Pens could pull it out against the Islanders. Of course, last year’s Kings proved forever more that you can’t take an 8th seed lightly.

    • hawksin5 - May 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      You dont want the hawks.

      • cha1upabatman - May 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Actually, I very much want the Hawks. One last turn in a long-time rivalry before the Wings head east next year.

        I think the Black***ks will likely win the series, but it should be entertaining. The Wings are playing with house money now.

      • imauggiedoggie - May 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        …hmm, let’s see ~ okay, the ‘hawks sweep the wings this year (four games), but except for the one blowout, the other 3 went to overtime/shootout with the ‘hawks winning by one, of course in each. now the playoffs ~ wings win 3 in OT over the ducks and the one that went to OT never should have with the ducks winning that one. BUT hey, NO flying to the west coast, so both teams get that advantage with the wings clearly with the more benefit on that score.

        no prediction from me, but it should be entertaining series and NO ONE will NOT think that wings are surely peaking at the right time now…4 in a row to win a playoff position at the end of the sesason and getting better with each playoff game.

  4. polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Amazing effort… great game and series win.

    Heart, guts, smarts. Just a wonderful Red Wings win.

    Respect to the Ducks.

    Off to Chicago!

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!!!

  5. 19wasthebest - May 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Way to go Redwing. Lets get ready for the Hawks. Play the way you did this series and it will be hard but they can be beat.

  6. dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    What a series! Just ridiculously great hockey these playoffs. And it’s great to be a hockey fan, and even better to be a wings fan. It’s unfamiliar territory to be the underdog for the red wings, but every win just means that much more.

    Hockeytown vs “Hawkeytown” <real original

    Lets go Red Wings!

  7. chanceoffleury1 - May 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Wow. Great series! This series is everything that playoff hockey is about. Wish they could have put it on TV at a decent hour so more east fans (and heck, even the west fans that live in CST) could have enjoyed it. Pointless observation: In the last 2 years, three out of the four 2/7 matchups were won by the 7 seed! Gotta love the underdog!

  8. davidsmj22 - May 13, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Watching Getzlaf and Perry play dirty and whine about everything was annoying.

    Glad to see them planning tee times now, pathetic display of sportsmanship from them throughout the series. Bring on the Hawks.

    Let’s go Red Wings!

  9. cspuck7 - May 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    SJ way to be a hater…yeah he did embellish on that play, as pretty much every goalie does, and yes we know as Wings fans because Holmstrom used to get called all the time for penalties where goalies flopped. And if you really watched the series, Howard “diving” was not the difference-maker, it was our top guys (Datsyuk, Zetterberg) outplaying theirs (Perry/Getzlaf)

  10. aldog83 - May 13, 2013 at 1:24 AM


    Disappointing for So Cal Hockey. (Kings Ducks matchup gone)

    But on the other hand.

    As a KINGS fan….

    A Redwings Upset of the Blackhawks would come in handy for KINGS HOME ICE!


    The Kings are fortunate enough to get past SAN JOSE who is the Best Home Team in Hockey.

    DETROIT/CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!! LA/SANJOSE!!!!!!!!

    Two matchups where the cities HATE EACH OTHER!!!

    It’s gonna be a BLOODBATH!!

    May the Best Teams Win!!!!

    oh, and….GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!

    • badintent - May 13, 2013 at 2:06 AM

      If we had 3 California teams in the playoffs , I bet we would be hearing about the Great Gary Bettman strategy to provide the American networks with coast to coast viewership…………………… but we got stuck with Hawks and WIngs so we got the Midwest in the mix too..If only we could have had a team from Texas for the complete conspiracy……….sigh………………………..

  11. mikemj - May 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Say what you want but there is no doubt that the Red Wings have long been a diving team first and a hockey team second. Ever since the godfather of diving, Serge Federov joined them, they’ve been an embarrassment to North American hockey. I know Federov was a great talent but he deserves absolutely no respect because of his woos style of hockey. How anyone who is not from Eastern Europe can be a Red Wings fan is beyond me…what crime against American hockey.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM


      You’re an idiot

    • paperkid96 - May 13, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Oh My, Don Cherry is trolling PHT! Take your stupid suits and go back to your corner!

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM


      You’re really an idiot.

      Signed, Not a Red Wings fan.

    • luv4bbq - May 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      never heard 1 person ever say Federov was a diver….your talking about NHL hockey? or Vaclav Federov of the soviet elite dynamo team? ya…that guy is a joke…..but hey anyways……gonna need a new hand soon to count the STANLEY CUPS in the last 20 years……hows that workin out for your team? maybe they should start diving more! 😉

  12. asimonetti88 - May 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    so disappointing to lose this series! The Ducks improved so much from last year, hopefully they can take another step next season.

  13. pitpenguinsrulez - May 13, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    I said right after game 4 on here that the Wings would pull the upset and boy was I right. Now hopefully they can beat Chicago because I want to see the Wings vs. Pens finish off the best 2 out of 3 in the Finals.

    • bensawesomeness - May 13, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Bold prediction after being tied 2-2…

      “boy was i right” would imply that it was definitive.

      Go back to being scared by the Islanders

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      You know the Red Wings were a common upset pick? The Ducks really slowed down as the season progressed and not a lot of experts gave them much respect. I picked the Wings, as did many other people on here and across cyberspace. In fact, I’d say it was a majority. No big revelation there. 7 upsetting 2 is a pretty common occurrence.

  14. blackhawkslove - May 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    The differences in depth will be the deciding factor. The Blackhawks defense is just so much superior to the Red Wings. Chicago has four deep lines of scoring and has the two best goaltenders most notably by the fact that they won the Jennings trophy this year. As with the Wild, I expect a trap defense game but ultimately it won’t be enough to slow down the juggernaut offense that Chicago posses. Penalty kill is going to be huge and the Blackhawks will continue to stifle offensive chances and that will be the biggest difference maker in this series.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      The Hawks are clearly deeper but you gotta give respect to Jimmy Howard. Crawford and Emery both had great seasons but I don’t think that’s a clear goaltending advantage. Howard is just as good as either of those guys.

  15. cspuck7 - May 13, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Oh here we go, more Wings haters. Way to go to the old bit of “North American hockey” because the Red Wings chose Europeans and had success with it. How soon everyone forgets that still one of the all time fan favorites of the Red Wings in this generation played the ultimate “North American Hockey” game, and his name is Vladamir Konstantinov. Not to mention the Wings were led by one of the greatest Canadian captains of all time in Steve Yzerman, and one of the greatest coaches of all time (oh yeah also Canadian) named Scotty Bowman, who preached nothing but discipline. Need more examples, I’ll keep going

  16. aldog83 - May 13, 2013 at 1:56 AM


    NOW 1-4 in game 7’s (w capitals/ducks)

    3 of the 4 game seven losses where with 1st Place teams.


  17. 13datsyuk13 - May 13, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I would like to nominate Paul Kariya as the biggest diver of all time.

  18. hawksin5 - May 13, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    To all of the red wings fans posting about beating the hawks, I apologize in advance for what very likely will be a sweep. It will be oh so beautiful to send the once mighty red wings off to the golf course, and a farewell wave goodbye from the western conference. Oh and does anybody else think the kings will dominate the sharks? I sure do.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      i wish detroit could stack their team with umpteen dozen premium draft picks due to being garbage forever.

      • hawksin5 - May 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Umm you mean 2 picks, toews and kane?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Sure, I obviously mean those two. I also mean Bolland, Seabrook, Barker, Ruutu.

  19. aldog83 - May 13, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Jimmy Howard is replacing Louie Anderson on “DIVING WITH THE STARS”

    (Selanne did hit him in the face….Howard did the rest…Kudos to Howard for not letting it get to him.)

    Quick gets run all the time. That’s what happens when you stand on your head.


    • kendog1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      The fact that you even know who is on Dancing With the Stars tells us all we need to know about your hockey knowledge.

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Hey, he could be married. :)

  20. howintensive - May 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I think the Red Wings will pull one or two out against the Blackhawks. A few of their match ups have gone very close this year. But in the end the Blackhawks’ depth will allow them to win the series.

  21. sprtsfan1 - May 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Aaaahhhh!!!! This is what I was hoping for as a Hawks fan!!! What a great way to send-off for the Wings to the East by playing Chicago one last time in the playoffs. Series will be epic. As Chicago fan, I have nothing but respect for the Wings! Can’t wait for Wednesday!!!! GO HAWKS!!!!!

  22. fusionix7 - May 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    It will be a very interesting series. Probably a lot closer than people expect. The Wings held their own with the Blackhawks in the regular season to the tune of forcing 3 overtime games (2 SO losses) and one stinker (7-0 loss). This was all done with a makeshift lineup and not the solidified one they have now.

  23. clefty1 - May 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Pav and Z were better the Getzlaf and Perry. Howard was better then Hiller. Now onto Chicago to battle the HATED Chickenhawks…

  24. beelza - May 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Queenie has NEVER beat Detroit in the post-season. The year rhey won the cup, 2010, Hawks didn’t play Chicago.

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      I’m pretty sure that’s a physical impossibility for the Hawks to beat Chicago. Also, Chicago SWEPT the team that beat Detroit that year.

    • hockeydon10 - May 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      The Hawks didn’t play Chicago, eh?

      • mwiz64 - May 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Nope…. Not once. 😉

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