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Ducks rebound, even series with Wings

Thursday, 05.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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By Bill Roose

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Playing without their star defenseman and emotional leader, the Ducks evened the Western Conference finals, beating the Red Wings, 5-3, in Game 4 on Thursday at Honda Center.

Game 5 is back at Joe Louis Arena at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Ryan Getzlaf scored on the power-play and Rob Niedermayer added an empty-net tally for the Ducks, who played with Chris Pronger, who sat out Thursday' game by serving a one-game suspension for the hit on Tomas Holmstrom in Game 3.

Despite having Pronger out of the line-up, Wings coach Mike Babcock said he expected the Ducks to rally without their former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman.

"You're not playing against Pronger, you're playing against the Ducks," Babcock said. "Just like when we lost our people, significant people for us, you just keep playing. That's what good teams do."

Getzlaf snapped a wrist shot through a scene that found its way over Hasek's right shoulder at 5:24 of the third.

Trailing 3-1, the Red Wings fought back in the second period on a pair of power-play goals by Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary. The Wings were 2-for-5 on the power-play in the period.

Pronger's replacement, Ric Jackman, playing in his first career playoff game, scored his first career playoff goal on the first power-play of the game. He rifled a shot from the slot at 11:46 of the period that put the Ducks ahead, 2-1.

It was the Ducks' second lead of the period.

Each team scored on its first shots of the game off of turnovers.

Anaheim scored at 1:37 of the first period when Corey Perry converted on a Red Wings' turnover inside the blue line. Perry scored his first goal of the series, ripping a slap shot from the top of the right face-off circle that beat Dominik Hasek.

Nearly two minutes later, the Wings tied the score, capitalizing on a turnover of their own deep in the Ducks' zone. Chris Chelios intercepted a clearing attempt up the boards before firing a shot toward the net, which was re-directed by Dan Cleary past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

After the quick goals, the Red Wings blitzed Giguere for much of the next seven minutes, before Detroit was assessed a too many men on the ice penalty. That's when Jackman, a former fifth overall pick by Dallas in 1996, scored his first career playoff goal.

The Ducks power-play goal snapped the Red Wings' streak of 31 straight penalty kills, which had spanned six games ? one short of the franchise playoff record set in 1950.

Forward Teemu Selanne gave the Ducks a 3-1 edge, scoring his first goal of the series with 1:07 left in the period. He also assisted on two goals.

Bertuzzi scored at 7:48 of the second when he banged the puck past Giguere. Cleary's second goal of the game came on the power play when he flipped the puck from the goal mouth over a sprawled Giguere, who made 36 saves in the game.

The Red Wings outshot the Ducks in the second period, 16-6, and could have taken the lead if not for the play of Giguere, who made two magnificent stops in the second period on breakaways by Valterri Filppula and Cleary.

Prior to Thursday, the Wings had outscored opponents, 12-7, in the third period during the playoffs.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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