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Ducks want to ‘get back’ at Wings in first meeting since playoffs

Dec 17, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Anaheim faces Detroit tonight for the first time since its Game 7 elimination in last year’s playoffs and, to hear defenseman Ben Lovejoy explain it, the Ducks wants little revenge.

“Still burns,” Lovejoy said, as per the OC Register. “We were a good team last year. We were a proud team. Proud group of guys.

“We want to win because we would like to do everything we can, any chance we get, to get back at them.”

While others on the team — Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, most notably — have refrained from attaching additional meaning to tonight’s game, it’s obviously last year’s opening-round loss still lingers with the Ducks. The team has taken to wearing “Unfinished Business” shirts in the dressing room and, following their elimination, spoke at length about missing an opportunity after leading Detroit in the series, 3-2.

“We have a lot of respect for the Red Wings as a team,” Lovejoy continued. “They’ve been the class of the NHL for the last 20 years. But we felt that we had a better season than them last year. Everybody in this room is still fired up after we lost.”

The Ducks are being presented with a prime chance for revenge tonight. Detroit comes into Tuesday’s contest on the limp — Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Jimmy Howard, Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser are all on IR, while Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist will sit out as both are undergoing concussion protocol.

  1. davidsmj22 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Unfortunately they shouldn’t have a hard time with “revenge” tonight. The Wings are so beat up but still pulling for them.. Let’s go Wings

  2. tigers182 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    It won’t exactly be revenge on the Red Wings they’ll get. They’re more like the Grand Rapids Griffins as of late.

  3. chauncey18 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    “The team has taken to wearing “Unfinished Business” shirts in the dressing room and, following their elimination, spoke at length about missing an opportunity after leading Detroit in the series, 3-1″

    No team ever led this series by two games. It actually went back and forth until Wings won game 7 to make it two in a row. We appreciate the hockey articles, but what we appreciate more is a little research before a blog is put up.

    Good Effort sport.

    • Mike Halford - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      The Ducks led the series 3-2 (it was a typo on my part, the 1 and 2 are next to each other on the keyboard and I have fat fingers) following a Game 5 win at Honda. Then Detroit won Games 6 and 7 to close out the series. Appreciate the effort though, sport.

      • chauncey18 - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Absolutely no effort on my part bud. I just know what happen because I follow the sport. Cheers to proof reading your work guy.

      • Mike Halford - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        aw, that was more snarky that I intended. I do appreciate you mentioning that error in the first place, and it has been fixed in the copy. No hard feelings. Let’s go see a movie or get some Froyo sometime.

  4. sjsharks66 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Sounds like the only player that is upset is Lovejoy.

  5. tmoore4075 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    “But we felt that we had a better season than them last year.” Hate to tell you that means squat in the playoffs. As a fan of the Wings who were usually the top 3 each year, I’m all too familiar with someone upsetting them.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I can understand why Dustin Penner isn’t so hot about the revenge factor. He played for the LA Kings in those WC playoffs.

    Besides, the Wings caught fire at the right time in last year’s playoffs, taking both Anaheim and Chicago to seven games. While maybe the better team (emphasis on ‘maybe’), Anaheim just lost steam – like a lot of other teams.

    I am just hoping that it’s a clean, fair-hitting game. No more concussions. PLEASE!

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    chauncey18

    yeah say, sport…

    i’m about halfway through transcribing the entire catalogue of literary work related to development of soviet hockey held in the hermitage; from the latin, german, spanish, french and english, into the cyrillic…

    this so itinerant hockey jocks looking to mainline a daily hockey fix, while stranded in saint petersburg, might have something to read while their overdue aeroflot aerobus is retrieved piece by piece from its crater in the caucasus…

    i need someone with a critical eye for detail, someone sporting sensible loafers and top-end walmart jacket…five star nerd rating…

    are you available…?

  8. mydoglouie - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    It’s the regular season, and the regular season doesn’t matter when playoffs come around. The hockey changes.

    Besides the red wings have quite a few core guys on the shelf.

    But hey! Enjoy the meaningless that is this matchup, and where a slogan shirt if that what’s get you thru!

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