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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
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10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89