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Henrik Zetterberg Helps Detroit Red Wings Force Game 7

May 11th, 2013 at 6:16 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Henrik Zetterberg had not found the back of the net in the playoffs in seven games.

The Detroit Red Wings captain was getting shots on goal, but he couldn't put them in.

That all changed Friday night as Zetterberg scored twice, including the game-winning goal 1:04 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks to force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night.

"Those two were kind of ugly ones, but that's what you need in the playoffs," Zetterberg said after scoring his first two goals of the series. "We started to feel the frustration when the puck doesn't go in, but at the same time we've been doing a lot of good things on our line. We just keep at it, keep shooting the pucks, maybe overshot it a little bit more and the pucks will go in eventually. Today, I don't think they were two of my hardest shots, but they found a way to go in."

Zetterberg's first goal came at 6:19 of the third period as he sent a slap shot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller. His second goal was also a slap shot from almost the exact same area of the ice.

The Wings would jump on the board at 18:48 of the first as Pavel Datsyuk sent a backhander past Hiller.

The Ducks were able to answer at 11:31 of the second when Kyle Palmieri's shot rang off of the post, but then hit Brendan Smith and bounced into the net past Jimmy Howard.

Daniel Cleary would give the Wings a 3-1 lead at 11:30 as he deflected a shot from Justin Abdelkader past Hiller.

The Ducks would then score twice in 51 seconds in the last three and a half minutes. Emerson Etem took advantage of a gaffe by Valtteri Filppula to make it 3-2. Then Bobby Ryan took a cross-ice feed from Corey Perry to tie it with 2:37 left.

The last time both teams met in the playoffs, the series went to Game 7 with the Wings winning 4-3 with Cleary scoring the game winner in the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals.


"I've been fortunate enough to win some Game 7s, and lose some, on Game 7," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I've lost at home and on the road and won that way too. So it's just a big game. We've got to enjoy our evening here. Have a nice travel day tomorrow and get ready to play.

"We're excited. We said all along, the shorter we could make the series, advantage us. You can't make it any shorter than this."


  1. DET Henrik Zetterberg (PP Goal, GW Goal, Assist)
  2. DET Jimmy Howard (W, 34 Saves)
  3. ANA Jonas Hiller (L, 25 Saves)
Tags: Daniel Cleary, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk

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