Wings outlast Ducks in back-and-forth battle
Zetterberg had three goals and two assists in the
“It was pretty crazy back and forth,” said Zetterberg, who scored all his goals in the third period for his fourth NHL hat trick. “Too much back and forth. But we won the game. That was most important.”
It was the first meeting between the teams since Detroit beat Anaheim in a seven-game, second-round playoff series in the spring.
Dan Cleary added a goal and two assists, and
“I thought we could have wore that team out. We didn’t do that,”
“We got ourselves back up with them a few times but they kept bumping back up,”
Zetterberg put Detroit ahead for good with 4:31 left, netting his second of the game. He beat Hiller with a one-timed slap shot from the right faceoff dot.
“He kind of took over,” Detroit defenseman
Zetterberg’s winning goal came seconds after Anaheim’s
Helm added a goal with 2:15 left, and Zetterberg capped his hat trick with an empty-netter, his eighth goal this season.
“That’s why they’re a great team year in and year out,” Lupul said. “They know how to win those tough games.”
Two power-play goals gave Detroit a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Cleary opened the scoring with 6:28 left in the frame. He deflected in a shot out of the air with the shaft of his stick after Kronwall’s drive from the point went off Anaheim defenseman
Rafalski scored with 44 seconds left in the period on a one-timed slap shot from the high slot, off Niedermayer’s stick, for his second goal.
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