Hiller strong in net as Ducks roll to Game 1 victory
Anaheim - Jonas Hiller was strong in net this evening only allowing one goal. The Anaheim Ducks used an outstanding power play and defense to shut down the Detroit Red Wings.
The first period was a special teams struggle as both teams exchanged power play goal. Nick Bonino netted the first score at the 10:24 mark. Detroit responded on the tail end of a 5-on-3 when Dan Cleary notched his first of the postseason 16:05 into the opening frame.
The middle frame offered a defensive struggle as neither team could put the biscuit in the basket. The Ducks had two power play chances, though were not able to capitalize within the frame as their second opportunity was forced to be carried over to the final frame. The Red Wings did not cash in either on their two chances, the second after a scary moment as Corey Perry crashed into Jimmy Howard and hit Howard’s mask with his skate.
Teemu Selanne proved he was more than just an elder statesman in the sport by netting the game winning goal just 1:29 into the final frame. The Ducks held the lead until the closing stages when Francois Beauchemin iced the game with his empty netter.
|Drew Miller||Broken Hand|
|Mikael Samuelsson||Upper Body|
|Luca Sbisa||Lower Body|
SCORING BY PERIOD:
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Power Play Efficiency:
|RW Teemu Selanne||1 G, 0 A, Even, 1 SOG|
|G Jonas Hiller||21 SVS, 1 GA, Save Pct.: .955|
|C Saku Koivu||0 G, 0 A, Even, 2 SOG|
The Ducks continue the series Thursday night at home at 7:00 p.m. PST. Cam will have your coverage for the game.