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‘Good start’ key in Red Wings’ Game 7 win

May 13, 2013, 2:55 AM EDT

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It didn’t take much time – actually, one minute and 49 seconds to be exact – for Henrik Zetterberg to make an impact for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Matched up on the road against the Anaheim Ducks in a winner-take-all Game 7, Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board early with his third goal of the series – and third in the last two games.

The Red Wings got off to a good start, and then were the better team throughout the middle and late stages of the game.

They were rewarded with a 3-2 victory and will advance to the Western Conference semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners as the league’s top regular season team.

“We did a great job getting off to a good start, and then we protected it there at the end,” Zetterberg told the Associated Press.

“A lot of us have been in tough situations like this before, so we knew how to play this type of game.”

  1. elwaysmilehighdenver - May 13, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Never underestimate the heart of Hockeytown!

  2. travishenryskid - May 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    As an unbiased observer, you can’t help but feel bad for the Ducks. Abdelkader scores a key goal while Lydman sits out concussed for the Ducks. Shannahan needs to be fired. Justice wasn’t served.

    • 19wasthebest - May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      He never should have been suspended in the first place. Lydman should not have put himself in that position to begin with. One of the first things you learn is to keep your head up and Lydman did not do that.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Clean hit. Not Abdelkader’s fault Lydman has a soft dome. Shoulder to shoulder. Glided without charging. Lydman dipped his head and snapped his neck back.

      LOOKED illegal. Was legal though. Clean hit.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      21 out of 22 people seem to disagree with you… I am sure we know who that 1 thumbs up is from lol. Like Lydman was going to change this series solely on his shoulders anyway. It wasn’t even a penalty until after the commercial break!! Because he was hurt, if he would of got right back up nothing would have been called. It took the ref standing 80 feet away to call it but the ref 5 feet away didn’t call anything. It did not warrant a suspension… MAYBE, I repeat, maybe, should of been a minor penalty.

      Grow some stones man, this is hockey.

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