Friday, May 18, 2007

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Night 34

The Ducks needed a win to even the series — and they got it. As of tonight, the Western Conference Finals will now officially require at least six games to complete. After trading wins at home and on the road, the two teams head into Game 5 with the hope of taking a stranglehold on the series. What will happen? Who knows? For now, read about tonight's game.

Ducks 5, Red Wings 3
Series tied 2-2
Anaheim allowed five goals in Game 3. In Game 4, they scored five. As for Dominik Hasek, he looked a tad shaky tonight. Corey Perry got the scoring off to an early start just 97 seconds into the game. Daniel Cleary answered less than two minutes later to give Detroit the equalizer. Then, playing in his first NHL playoff series ever, Ric Jackman regained the lead for the Ducks on the power play. Teemu Selanne extended that lead to 3-1 going into the second period with a late tally. But the second period was all Red Wings. Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary each scored power play goals to tie the game at 3. But five minutes into the third — once again with the man advantage — Ryan Getzlaf gave the lead back to the Ducks. It was a lead they wouldn't lose. Then with 68 seconds to go in the game, Rob Niedermayer took advantage of Detroit's empty net and notched the insurance goal. Versus had beautiful HD coverage — despite it being Thursday — on Mojo if you have your cable provider's hi-def package. It was good one. I look forward to Game 5 now and another Anaheim victory. (Biased? Um, yes!)

Photo: CBS

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