First Period Recap: If you were to close your eyes and imagine the worst possible scenario to start Game 2 of a playoff series, after a solid 60 minute effort and win in Game 1, allowing two goals in the first five minutes would probably be right up near the top.
The Ducks first shift actually started pretty well with Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry cycling down low and getting a shot on goal, then Perry coughed the puck up in the neutral zone. Pavel Datsyuk tipped it to Justin Abdelkader who dangled Perry at the blueline and zipped a wrister past Francois Beauchemin and Jonas Hiller. 1-0 Wings, 48 seconds in.
About four minutes later it was Teemu Selanne with a heinous turnover in the defensive zone. Attempting to get the puck to Cam Fowler in the middle of the ice, Kyle Quincey tipped it to Damien Brunner with all kinds of space in the slot and he beat Hiller high glove. Shots were 4-3 for the Ducks, but Detroit led 2-0 lead before the first commercial break.
Anaheim did respond, Matt Beleskey nearly cut the Wings' lead back to one about 13 minutes in, as he jammed the crease and worked the puck over the line, but it was determined that the whistle had blown, or at least the referee was intending to blow it.
Abdelkader had another golden opportunity with six and a half minutes remaining Danny DeKeyser sprung him on a break away, but Fowler stuck with him, to limit his options and Hiller waited him out, making a relatively routine save.
The Ducks out shot Detroit 12-8 on the period, and had plenty of time to clean up the few gaping holes in their game. At the buzzer however, a frustrated Saku Koivu took a charging penalty that would carry over into the second.
Second Period Recap: On the ensuing power play, Datsyuk took a shot from the faceoff dot that Hiller saved and directed right onto the tape of Brunner with a wide open net to shoot at. Hiller somehow dove back to make an absolutely incredible save, but Johan Franzen put away the rebound.
At this point I need to make an apology. From my seats in section 430 row R the puck appeared to be covered (it was not) and considering the Ducks' (properly) disallowed goal at the same end of the rink in the first period, I proceeded to lose my shit, unjustifiably. The language that spilled from my mouth wasn't quite to a Boudreau 24/7 level, but the fact that it's close enough to mention should give you an idea. While there were no children within visible range I admit, specifically to the woman who looked like she could be a second grade teacher, I feel shame for offending you. But I digress.
The Ducks responded again, this time with a goal that counted. Midway through the period Valteri Filpula was called for a hook and on the Power Play Teemu Selanne got a shot through Niklas Kronwall's legs and the rebound off of Jimmy Howard's pads landed flat for Koivu to tip in. Both Fins atoning for their sins.
As the period wound down Sheldon Souray hammered Abdelkader face first into the boards. The hit could have been called interference or boarding, but the official settled on cross checking. Once again the penalty carried over into the next period.
Third Period Recap: Twenty seconds into the period, Franzen appeared to have salted this game away by restoring Detroit's three goal lead. Henrik Zetterberg beat Beauchemin with a pass to Franzen in the corner. The Mule walked right to the front of the net and casually stuck the puck past Hiller as Toni Lydman watched in awe.
Shortly thereafter, Getzlaf found himself with a breakaway, closely followed by two Detroit backcheckers. Unfortunately 2012 Getzy reared his ugly bald head and he decided to drop the puck to the pressuring Red Wings without looking.
BUT! All was not lost. On his next shift Getzlaf returned to 2013 form, carrying the puck behind the net, fighting off Kronwall, bringing it back out front and flicking a backhander between Howard's blocker and body. Big deal, 4-2 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Overtime Recap: Quick recap within a recap: First period, Detroit goals at 48 seconds and 4:50; Second Period, Detroit goal at 1:04 on the PP; Third period, Detroit PP Goal 20 seconds in and overtime starts with a 1:23 man advantage for the Wings..... What could go wrong?
The Ducks did decently to clear the puck a couple of times although Detroit directed three shots on Hiller before Gustav Nyquist ended it with one second remaining on the penalty to Souray. It was a nifty little move by Filpula to corral the puck and get the cross crease backhand pass to Nyquist who got the puck up on a sliding Hiller.
The Good: Never. Say. Die. The Ducks had no business being in this game at all, but somehow the found a way to battle back from a three goal third period deficit. It shows that they have the ability to win any game and that Detroit truly is not the team they have been for the past two decades. In almost any other year, you would be able to pack up and go home if Detroit lead by three at the start of the second period, but with their defense as it is constituted in 2013, anything can happen apparently. If this was in the regular season it would have been a fantastic result, but it's not and as such it is a HUGE blow to hand Detroit home ice advantage.
The Bad: After doing so well against the Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Abdelkader line in Game 1, the Ducks had no answer for the big guns of the Wings tonight. They combined for 15 shots and four points.
The Ugly: Atrocious turnovers, horrendous starts to all four periods and idiotic penalties gave the Ducks no chance in this game. Even though they fought back so hard with amazing play after amazing play late in the game, you simply can not play that poorly and win a Stanley Cup Playoff game.
Game 3: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4:30 pm at Joe Louis Arena