Wings sharp in the crease
Go to the net. It's an axiom that's as tired as lacing up one skate at a time and giving it 110 percent. In Friday's second-round game between Detroit and Anaheim, a 3-2 (
Say what you want about the Red Wings being a finesse team that doesn't fight much and beats teams with speed, a lethal power play and a transition game that accelerates to hyperspeed in a flash. The Wings got into Hiller's kisser all night long and produced all three of their goals because of it.
After Anaheim took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the first period, the Wings pressed the attack and knotted the score five minutes later when
Detroit only scored once on the ensuing five-minute power play, when
The Ducks tied the score on the power play late in the second period when
The teams traded chances in the third period before the Wings pressed for the winner in the final minute. Again, Detroit forwards preoccupied two Ducks by simply going to the net. On one side of the goalmouth, Anaheim's
The scene as Anaheim pressed for a tying goal in the closing seconds was almost comical. Osgood turned back Selanne with 2.1 seconds to play, but was promptly encroached by the other five Ducks.