Western Conference - Playoff Update - 05.05.09
8. Anaheim Mighty Ducks
2. Detroit Red Wings
Series tied 1-1
GAME 1: DET 3, ANA 2
GAME 2: ANA 4, DET 3 (3OT)
Anaheim, Tue. 5/5, 10:30 p.m. ET
GAME 4: Anaheim, Thu. 5/7, 10:30 p.m. ET
Detroit, Sun. 5/10, 5 p.m. ET
*GAME 6: Anaheim, Tue. 5/12, TBD
*GAME 7: @ Detroit Thu. 5/14, TBD
Detroit Red Wings defenseman, and six-time Norris Trophy winner, Nicklas Lidstrom took a pass from RW Dan Cleary, and ended up putting his own rebound past Anaheim Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller with 49.1 seconds remaining in regulation to push the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory at home over the 8th seeded Ducks.
Lidstrom told NHL.com reporters, “I was hoping for a win â€¦ thatâ€™s pretty much it. Cleary had the puck and I jumped right into the slot. Iâ€™ll take it any way I can.”
Lidstrom ended the night as the 1st star with 2 goals and one assist, figuring in on all three Detroit goals.
Anaheim was led by Ryan Getzlaf, who had two assists on the evening, and Teemu Selanne, who tied the game 2-2 on a 4-on-3 powerplay goal with 16.1 seconds remaining in the second period.
The biggest controversy of the evening was Anaheim RW Mike Brownâ€™s hit on Detroit C Jiri Hudler, which left Hudler bleeding on the ice from what looked like a clean shoulder hit. Brown was not suspended after the game and played in game 2.
Game two between the Anaheim Ducks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings ended up being a classic playoff showdown. The game continued through regulation and two overtime periods until Anaheim C Todd Marchant scored a goal at 1:15 of the third overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory and effectively take away Detroitâ€™s home ice advantage.
Marchant, who scored only his second career playoff goal, shot the puck past fellow Duck Rob Niedermayer, who was screening Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood. â€œThis is my second overtime goal in playoffs, and that was to end a series,” said Marchant to reporters after the game. “Not too many games get decided off my stick, that’s for sure. It’s a tremendous feeling. But it’s a team effort. That’s what it takes in the playoffs.”
In the goaltending department, Anaheim Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller made 59 saves for his first overtime victory of his young career. Hiller made 17 more saves than Osgood, who claims he never saw the shot that Marchant took.
â€œThat was a fun game to play in,” Osgood said after the game. “That was a great game. I think it’s like a guy who loves parachuting or bungee jumping. For me, I love playing in games like that. They’re fun. It’s disappointing to lose, but we’re happy with the way we battled. I’m proud of the way we played.”
For those on the East coast, this series is definitely one to stay up for!
Detroit will be without C Kris Draper, who is listed as having an â€œupper bodyâ€ injury, as well as D Brian Rafalski who also has an â€œupper bodyâ€ injury.
4. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Vancouver Canucks
GAME 1: VAN 5, CHI 3
GAME 2: CHI 6, VAN 3
Chicago, Tue. 5/5, 8 p.m. ET
GAME 4: Chicago, Thu. 5/7, 8 p.m. ET
Vancouver, Sat. 5/9, 10:30 p.m. ET
*GAME 6: Chicago, Mon. 5/11, 9 p.m. ET
*GAME 7: @ Vancouver, Thu. 5/14, TBD
- if necessary
The Vancouver Canucks appeared to have everything under control, as they took a 3-0 lead into the final period of regulation against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks, however, came out on fire in the third frame, with a goal from Patrick Kane 1:01 into the period, and again on a power play at 10:11 of the third. Dave Bolland scored his first goal of the post season for Chicago with 4:20 remaining in the game to tie the game at 3 a piece.
The hero for the Vancouver Canucks ended up being D Sami Salo, who rebounded his first even-strength goal of the season, and sealed the victory for the Canucks.
â€œI just stepped up to the play and followed the puck and stopped in front of the net and the puck just dropped right in front,” explained Salo to post game media. “It’s huge obviously,” he said of the Canucks’ rebound from the blown lead, “but that’s probably the only good thing to happen in the third period. They took over in the third period because we sat back a little too much and gave them the charge.”
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was quoted as saying, â€œIt (stinks). We fought hard in the third period and we got some bounces. We got some goals past Luongo and that’s not easy. When they’re defense is playing the way they are, it’s pretty tough to get goals and I thought we did a good job of that.â€
The comeback may not have happened in the first game, but the Chicago Blackhawks decided that they would try again in game 2 to come from behind against the Vancouver Canucks.
This time, they succeeded.
Vancouver, up 2-0 after the first period, had the ice tilt in Chicagoâ€™s favor midway through the second period when Patrick Sharp scored not one, but two goals to tie the game up. Dave Bolland scored a shorthanded goal to put Chicago up 3-2. The Blackhawks would eventually earn a 6-3 victory, with the series shifting back to Chicago on Tuesday, May 5.
â€œWeâ€™re a confident team and we know that despite the score, weâ€™re still in any hockey game and it was nice to have the ability to come back again tonight,” Patrick Sharp said, adding that he hopes Chicago doesnâ€™t make a habit of trailing every game. â€œAgainst a team like Vancouver you donâ€™t want to spot them too many two- or three-goal leads, thatâ€™s for sure. Weâ€™ll celebrate this one; weâ€™ll enjoy it and get ready for the next one.”
Vancouver will be without D Sami Salo due to a â€œlower body injuryâ€ and RW Pavol Demitra, who is listed as â€œquestionableâ€.