Thursday, May 07, 2009

Game 4: Red Wings 6, Ducks 3

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.


Anonymous said...

You live in Phoenix, for Christ's sake...act like it.

Anonymous said...

Allan I'm beginning to think you are attracted Pavel Datsyuk

Anonymous said...

when will the cup be awarded? Your prediction of market down fall will start by that time if I remember correctly.

Sandy said...

I was beginning to lose faith in the wings, but...ahhh there is the passion back...sweeeet. Can you imagine the Russian line this coming Winter Olympics with Ovie, Datsyuk, Malkin, Semin, Kovalchuk, Semin etc etc...hooo boy.

Anonymous said...

Go 'Canes!

Anonymous said...

what about the market??!?? Not behaving the way the chartist showed in your previous blog. Lost more money today again!!!

Allan said...

re: your losses

Send me an itemized bill.

alfaomega said...

I am glad that Marian is back with his goals; I used to go to see hockey matches when his father was an active player in Trencin, 25 years ago... crossing fingers for Reds... :)

Anonymous said...

Allan, you are funny asking him for an itemized bill, I think he is still behind on paying you your advisor's fee ...