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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 1:40 AM

Johan Franzen opens the scoring
Johan Franzen tucks in the puck on the power play after his initial shot is stopped to give Detroit the lead.

POSTED ON Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 1:35 AM

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After 60 minutes, the Wings and Ducks were tied at 2, but Anaheim scored less than two minutes into the extra frame to come back to Detroit with a 3-2 series lead.

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...we'll see you on Friday!

POSTED ON Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 1:30 AM

Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Nick Bonino (GWG)

2. Kyle Palmieri (1 Goal)

3. Henrik Zetterberg (2 Assists)

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 9:00 PM

Danny DeKeyser
Darren Helm
Drew Miller
Jordin Tootoo
Ian White
Carlo Colaiacovo
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 8:40 PM

Comerica Bank Game Day Preview - Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 8:30 PM
Henrik Zetterberg
Pavel Datsyuk
Mikael Samuelsson
Johan Franzen
Valtteri Filppula
Daniel Cleary
Gustav Nyquist
Joakim Andersson
Damien Brunner
Todd Bertuzzi
Cory Emmerton
Patrick Eaves
Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl
Jimmy Howard

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 4:15 PM

Mike Babcock says the Wings will go with the same lineup as they did in Game 4, which means Sammy will stay on first line.

“I've felt good. I shouldn't say surprising, but I felt like I've been in.
I felt fresh and like I can go tomorrow again.”
-Mikael Samuelsson told Ansar Khan

“(Sammy) looked good. He skated well. He's a big body for us and he hasn't played many games this year so he will only be better with the more games he plays.”
- Henrik Zetterberg told Ansar Khan

Coach Babcock will also stick with the same
Power Play units as Game 4.


Jimmy Howard will start his 20th straight game, and he touched on the importance of good postseason goaltending.

"In the playoffs, all it takes is a goalie to get hot,
and anything can happen."
- Jimmy Howard



Jonas Hiller is again in goal for Anaheim.

Toni Lydman is out tonight with migraines and neck pain.
There is no timetable on his return.


Jan Mursak, who started the year with the Wings, has signed with a KHL team and will leave the States after the Griffins postseason.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 1:00 PM

Get the Early Lead
- Score first and take the crowd out of the game. The Red Wings have scored first just once this series and that was in Game 2. Also, they need to shoot the puck often and get to the front of the net. They need those 2nd and 3rd chances.

Limit Turnovers - The Wings have to make good decisions with the puck, especially in their own zone. Turnovers cause scoring chances which result in goals.

Need Solid Goalkeeping - Jimmy Howard has to be sharp and at his best. Stealing a game on the road with solid goalkeeping is a big plus.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 12:30 PM

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On May 8, 1997

The Wings record 73 shots on goal, 28 in overtime, as they defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2, in double overtime to advance to the conference finals.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 12:00 PM

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

After a big Game 4 win on Monday featuring some overtime heroics, the Detroit Red Wings head back to Anaheim looking to take a pivotal Game 5 and bring the series home within one win of moving on.

The Wings and Ducks have alternated victories in this series without either team able to build enough momentum to win back-to-back games. Anaheim won Games 1 and 3. Detroit won Games 2 and 4.

"I concur with that but I'm a believer that's how the playoffs are," Babcock said. "You just keep playing and you take them one at a time, the highs and lows of it. There's huge highs and huge lows, that's just the playoffs each and every year. One minute you think, 'Oh, my God we're never winning!' and the next minute you think you're going to win the series."

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