Game 7 kicked off in Anaheim Sunday night. A fast paced game had the two teams skating back and forth from zone to zone. Wings captain, Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring early into the first scoring on a rebound from Jonas Hiller to give the Wings a one goal lead.With a little over 6 left in the period, Emerson Etem came through the Wings zone a ripped it into the corner to tie the game at 1. A few minutes later, Detroit was killing a penalty, when Justin Abdelkader intercepted a pass at the blue line and scored shorthanded on the breakaway to give Detroit the one goal advantage. Valtteri Filppula gave the Wings a 3-1 lead 14 minutes into the second period. In the third, Anaheim started pressing, trying to make up the two goal advantage Detroit had. Anaheim had come back from being down before in the series, and it was looking like they were making another push to do it again. With about 4 minutes left in the third period, Henrik Zetterberg shot the puck over the glass and was given a delay of game penalty. Francois Beauchemin scored when his pass was deflected off of Jonathon Ericsson in front of the net. The Ducks were unable to get the tying goal however and fell to the Wings 3-2 and 4-3 in the series.
I hard and physical series came down to the great play of Henrik Zetterberg, and the absence of Corey Perry. Perry had multiple chances every game, and he either shot the puck wide of the net, or was stoned by Jimmy Howard. The Wings were able to rallyand erase the 2-3 deficit in the series they had going into game 6.
With Detroit moving on, they will be playing Chicago in the second round of the playoffs, and the San Jose Sharks will take on the reigning NHL Champions L.A. Kings.
1. Henrik Zetterberg – The newly appointed captain of the Detroit Red Wings kept his hot streak going right into the playoffs. He ended the series with 3 goals, 5 assists, and was +3. Zetterberg put up multiple point games in the final three games of the series to help life Detroit over the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs.
2. Jimmy Howard – Howard’s save percentage of .911% and goals against average of 2.74 aren’t very impressive, but Jimmy was on his game the whole series. Key save after key save, the Wings were kept in games by outstanding goaltending. He’s going to have to continue playing well if Detroit has a shot at getting passed the Chicago Blackhawks.
3. Jonas Hiller – Hiller posted a save percentage of .917% and a goals against average of 2.46. Hiller made key saves all series long for the Ducks. He proved that coach Bruce Boudreau made the correct decision in starting him in the playoffs, if he could have had a little more help in a couple games, the Ducks would have done away with the Wings, but it wasn’t meant to be and Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks are sent home in 7.