With the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs underway, the Detroit Red Wings skated into the postseason as a team capable of pulling a first round upset in arguably one of the most evenly matched series of these playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks. The Wings had to scramble late in the season to clinch a playoff berth, but winning four straight to do so proved they have what it takes to get it done when it’s all on the line.
In a lopsided game one where the intensity favored the Ducks, the Red Wings were outplayed and fell victim to veteran Teemu Selanne’s game-winning goal early in the third period. In his 12th trip to the postseason, Selanne shows why he’s the youngest 42-year old out there still contributing for his squad. “When you have a passion for scoring goals, it doesn’t matter how old you are,” Selanne said after the game. “Maybe the celebrations go down a little bit, but inside it’s the same feeling.”
The Wings had plenty of chances, but were only able to net one goal that came on the power-play in the first period. The Ducks were victorious in Game 1 with a final score of 3-1 including an empty netter that was rocketed across the length of the ice in the closing seconds of the third period.
With Game 2 set to get underway tonight in the Honda Center, the Red Wings are looking to turn it around and find some magic of their own. Expect the Wings to come out strong and looking to steal the momentum back from the Ducks. They only managed a measly 22 shots on goal in game one and need put a lot more pressure on Jonas Hiller who looked very comfortable in net. Detroit needs to do a better job of containing the puck and eliminating turnovers if they have any hopes of getting past the first round of these playoffs.
This is the sixth time these two teams have squared off in the postseason. Red Wings have one 3 out of the last 5 series and fell to 14-12 all time against the Ducks in the postseason after Tuesday’s loss.
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Today, 10:00 PM (ET)