Game 7: Red Wings take down Ducks in deciding game
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series' final four games to oust the Ducks, who had the NHL's third-best record in the regular season.
Detroit faces top-seeded Chicago in the second round.
Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots for the Ducks, who failed to win their first playoff series since 2009 despite home-ice advantage.
After the clubs played four overtimes in the series' first six games, the Red Wings largely dominated the anti-climactic clincher.
Detroit Red Wings
Luca Sbisa Sheldon Souray
Key Injuries: D Hampus Lindholm - concussion (out indefinitely)
Brian Lashoff Niklas Kronwall
Key Injuries: F Darren Helm - back (out for season); F Drew Miller - hand (out for season); Mikael Samuelsson - pectoral (day-to-day); F Todd Bertuzzi - back (day-to-day).