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Ducks withstand late flurry, make Cup

Tuesday, 05.22.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Ducks withstand late flurry, make Cup
By The Canadian Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.
-- The Anaheim Ducks are going to the Stanley Cup finals, but they didn't make it easy on themselves.

The Ducks built a 4-1 lead but had to hang on for a 4-3 decision over the Red Wings on Tuesday night to win the Western Conference finals.

Rob Niedermayer scored short-handed and assisted on Samuel Pahlsson's crucial third-period goal as the Ducks won the best-of-seven series, 4-2. Ryan Getzlaf, on the power play, and Corey Perry also scored before a screaming, towel-waving crowd of 17,380.

The Wings refused to go down without a fight. Pavel Datsyuk scored two third-period power-play goals. Henrik Zetterberg scored once and Mikael Samuelsson had three assists.

Anaheim will open the Stanley Cup final Monday at home against the Eastern Conference champion Ottawa Senators. It will be the Ducks second trip to the finals after losing in seven games to New Jersey in 2003.

The Senators are making their first appearance in the finals.

Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made one of his best stops in the third, a glove save on a Johan Franzen shot through traffic just as Detroit was trying to rally. In the second he blocked a Kyle Quincey deflection and got in front of a Zetterberg shot on a power play.

Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek looked like a target in a shooting gallery early. Both teams had 29 shots on goal.

Anaheim showed early they wanted to end the series and avoid heading back to Detroit for a Game 7. They outhustled Detroit and clipped the Wings with some crunching hits.

The Ducks booked their tickets to the finasl when Perry and Getzlaf scored second period goals.

Perry notched his second goal in three games on a delayed penalty, making it 2-0. He found the puck during a scramble in front of Hasek and lifted it over the sprawled goalie.

Getzlaf put the crowd into a frenzy when he made it 3-0 at 18:33 on the power play. Hasek had flattened himself on the ice, but the puck popped lose and Getzlaf put it in the net on a backhand.

The Ducks came out flying in the first period and put Detroit on its heels. The effort was rewarded at 3:51 when Niedermayer deflected a Chris Pronger shot from the point past Hasek. The puck hit Niedermayer just dribbled by Hasek.

It was the third short-handed playoff goal of Niedermayer's career and came with 20 seconds left in a Todd Marchant penalty.

GAME NOTES: Rob Niedermayer's other two short-handed goals came in the 2003 playoffs in a conference semifinal game at Dallas and the conference finals against Minnesota. ... Teemu Selanne's winner Sunday was his first playoff overtime goal since 1993 when he was with the Winnipeg Jets and his team lost the first round of the playoffs to Vancouver. ... Defenseman Francois Beauchemin played 343 games in the minor leagues before he was picked up by Columbus, who later traded him to Anaheim.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59