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Unfortunately, we need a Game 7 to determine the outcome of this series between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. After taking a 3-2 series lead on Sunday, the Western Conference Semifinals are now evened up at three wins apiece after Anaheim took a 2-1 win last night.
Game 6 Redux
For the first time in nine attempts, Detroit failed to clinch a series on the road when given the opportunity. The Wings will also face a Game 7 for the first time since 2002 when they beat the Colorado Avalanche in seven games en route to the Stanley Cup. No doubt about it, Game 7s are tough and it was something they were hoping to avoid. But since it is happening, we at least need to be appreciative that the game is at home in the friendly confines of Joe Louis Arena. The team is going to need the Joe to be rocking because their postseason is on the line.
Detroit’s only goal in the contest was scored by, yes you guessed right, Johan Franzen. The Mule continues his scoring streak with a late third period goal to give Detroit some hope in the waning minutes of the game. Bob Wojnowski, a columnist for The Detroit News, talks about the lack of energy he saw out there on the ice during the first two periods. The costly penalties, a healthy Ryan Getzlaf, and a listless Detroit team factored into the loss according to Wojo.
After Game 6, things got a bit heated between the two teams when a melee broke out after the horn sounded with skirmishes between Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer and Datsyuk, Getzlaf and Marian Hossa, and Todd Marchant and Brian Rafalski.
Over the past couple of days, the media has focused on the lack of offensive output from star forward Pavel Datsyuk. Make no mistake, he is getting opportunities thanks to his slick stickwork but hasn’t been able to capitalize in the heat of the game this series. In the six games, he has two assists but no goals.Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press writes that Datsyuk is staying positive despite the offensive slump. It seems like it’s just a matter of time before the award finalist (Hart, Lady Byng, Selke) gets on the board and what better time than Game 7 in the conference semifinals?
In other news…
Eric Stephens of NHL.com discusses how the AHL experience does wonders for the Wings’ prospects and really helps prepare them for when they are called up to the big leagues.
If you missed the WingsLive chat with defenseman Andreas Lilja before Game 6, you can read the transcript at DRW.com.
NHL.com’s Larry Wigge takes a look at Jiri Hudler and the impact he has had on the team despite his small stature.