Monday, May 14, 2007

Good TV reception provides positive results for Ducks

We’re not sure if Brian Burke was up on the roof of the Joe wiggling the satellite dish, but Anaheim can thank the Gods of television reception for their 4-3, game two victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Anaheim had two goals ruled as standing after video replays, leading them to a tie by the end of regulation and forcing the Red Wings to move into an extra period of hockey after surrendering their third period lead at 5:06 of the period.

The Ducks checking line proved to be rather successful on Sunday, as they were involved in three of the four Duck scoring plays while still holding the Red Wings top line to a standstill.

The Niedermayer brothers Rob and Scott figured prominently in the wining goal as Rob picked up an assist on Scott’s goal with five minutes to go in the first OT, giving the Ducks a key win and taking the best of seven series back to Anaheim tied at 1 a piece.

The Ducks and Wings traded opportunities throughout the game, with the Ducks finding themselves in penalty trouble often, down two men at times they provided Detroit with a perfect opportunity to run away with the game, yet Detroit could only muster three goals during the course of the game, two on the PP and one while short handed.

The Ducks played a physical game, crashing to the net to create a bit of anarchy in front of Domenic Hasek, who questioned whether the third Duck goal really did make it over the goal line.

The series heads back for Anaheim now with games on Tuesday and Thursday night, a 9 pm start for the fans back home in Detroit, a supper time match for those living on the west coast.

Some of the post game reports and commentaries can be found below:

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