Following a thrilling Game 4 in Detroit that lead to a Red Wings victory, Henrik Zetterburg and the Wings were looking to duplicate their success last night in Anaheim. Unfortunately for Detroit, Game 5 ended in favor of the Ducks in yet another overtime game, the third so far in this series.
The Red Wings led twice in this game but could not hang on to the lead. Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson both netted goals for Detroit while Kyle Palmeri and Ryan Getzlaf answered for Anaheim. The Red Wings failed to take advantage of a long five-minute man-up advantage at the end of the second period and regulation would end in a 2-2 tie. Nick Bonino scored the game winner for Anaheim allowing them to take a 3-2 series lead.
Jimmy Howard was terrific in net last night and if the Red Wings have any chance of hanging on in this series, he will need to continue playing solid for Detroit. The Ducks’ offense might be too much for this Red Wings team if their onslaught of scoring chances start finding the back of the net more often.
The Ducks will look to finish off the series in Game 6 this Friday at Joe Louis Arena. My prediction is that the Red Wings will come back strong tomorrow night on their home ice to force a Game 7 in Anaheim.
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan
Tomorrow, 8:00 PM (ET)