Ducks Finish Their Playoff Run, Season Short of the Prize
May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) shakes hands with Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) following the 3-2 victory in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Anaheim - The Anaheim Ducks were looking to advance to the second round tonight, but came up short. The Detroit Red Wings came out like they wanted to win. The Ducks just couldn’t find that spark to get in the game.
The Ducks seemed to come out a little flat, not matching the intensity of Detroit. It started when Henrik Zetterberg scored off a rebound at the 2:49 mark. The Red Wings came out physical and did not allow the Anaheim many chances until midway through the period. Emerson Etem netted the equalizer for his third goal this postseason just after a power play expired 13:48 in the first. Justin Abdelkader regained the lead for Detroit with a shorthanded goal at the 16:37 mark.
The middle frame was a little more back and forth with Ducks effort. However, effort was not the only thing needed. The Red Wings increased their lead to 3-1 when Valtteri Filppula netted his first of the postseason goal at the 13:45 mark. Matt Beleskey was unable to connect with Teemu Selanne to try and dig the ducks out of their hole.
The final frame saw the Ducks gain a sense of urgency. The boys waited a little too long though. Francois Beauchemin scored a power play goal at the 16:43 mark after angling the puck off of Jonathan Ericsson‘s skate and past Jimmy Howard. Once Jonas Hiller was taken off for the extra attacker, the Ducks turned in their best effort but came up short.
Stay tuned for end of season team awards and other articles of interest.
Topics:2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, Anaheim Ducks, Cam Fowler, Detroit Red Wings, Emerson Etem, Francois Beauchemin, Game 7, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Jonas Hiller, Jonathan Ericsson, Justin Abdelkader, Matt Beleskey, Teemu Selanne, Valtteri Filppula, WCQF, Western Conference Quarterfinals
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