Hiller strong in net as Ducks roll to Game 1 victory
April 30, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) is congratulated by center Daniel Winnik (34) and defenseman Sheldon Souray (44) after scoring an empty net goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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.
The Ducks continue the series Thursday night at home at 7:00 p.m. PST. Cam will have your coverage for the game.
Topics:Anaheim Ducks, Corey Perry, Dan Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, Francois Beauchemin, Jimmy Howard, Jonas Hiller, Nick Bonino, Teemu Selanne
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