Friday, May 8, 2009
Game 4: Red Wings 6, Ducks 3
Red Wings solve Hiller, even series with Ducks
Dave Dye / The Detroit News
Anaheim, Calif. -- When Red Wings coach Mike Babcock reunited Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg part way through the first period Thursday, he couldn't have imagined his new second line actually would be the difference.
But it was Johan Franzen, Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula who took control of the game.
Franzen and Hossa scored two goals each to lead the Red Wings to a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal.
The Wings regained the home-ice advantage, tying the series 2-2, with Game 5 on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who had a 1.74 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in his first nine playoff games, got pulled with 17:14 remaining after Mikael Samuelsson gave the Wings a 5-2 lead. Jean-Sebastien Giguere replaced Hiller, who had taken Giguere's job late in the season.
Franzen has a knack for coming through when the Wings need it most, and did they ever need it after the Ducks scored in the first minute in a game that could have given them a huge 3-1 series lead.
Franzen, 29, who signed an 11-year contract extension last month, scored the Wings first two goals. He has 19 goals in his last 24 playoff games going back to last season.
Hossa, whose apparent tying goal late in Tuesday's Game 3 loss was negated by a quick whistle, scored two that counted in the final four minutes of the second period Thursday for a 4-2 lead.
Hossa had no points in the first three games of the series while playing on a line with Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.