In spite of their two bench minors for too many men on the ice (inexcusable in a must win game) and two other power play chances they gave the Red Wings, Anaheim’s penalty kill kept Detroit’s power play at bay for 3 of their 4 chances. Anaheim’s power play (ranked 2nd in the postseason going into tonight’s game) was also successful 1 out of their 5 chances (though it was really more like 4, due to the overlapping penalties). Fortunately for Ducks fans everywhere, most of Anaheim’s 46 penalty minutes, 12 penalties) came at the 20 minute mark of the 3rd period when the gloves were dropped by just about everyone (Scott Niedermayer included). Until that point, the Ducks were even with the Red Wings in penalties at 5 (10 minutes each).
Jonas Hiller was amazing again, stopping 38 of the 39 shots he faced (97.4% of the shots). The Red Wings outshot the Ducks 39-28, but the Ducks played much better after the first period. Considering how poorly the Ducks played in Detroit on Sunday, I expected them to come out with all cylinders firing at the beginning of the game tonight. Apparently, they didn’t all get the message that the game time had been pushed up to 7 p.m. (all the previous playoff games in Anaheim had been at 7:30 p.m.). The Ducks came out looking a little tired, but by the end of the first they were still tied with the Red Wings and that was important. They came out strong in the 2nd and got the only two goals of the period, in spite of being outshot by the Red Wings in that period.
When the Red Wings scored their power play goal, a lot of Ducks fans got a bit nervous. A one goal lead is far from safe in the playoffs – especially against a strong team like the Red Wings. The Ducks held on to their lead and are ready to play their style of game again in Detroit Thursday night in game 7. In spite the pressure of a game 7 on the road, the players know this is what the playoffs are all about. The excitement of a game 7 is hard to match.
Thursday’s game will be the Ducks’ 4th game 7 in franchise history. They’re 2-1 in game 7s so far. The Joe Louis Arena is a difficult arena to face in the playoffs. In a game 7, it’s sure to be incredibly loud, but the Ducks are as prepared as possible and they’re ready to face Detroit and fight for their playoff lives. They know if they don’t win their season is over and no team is ever really ready for their season to end.
Ryan Getzlaf had a point in each of the Ducks’ 2 goals tonight (1-1), making tonight his 7th multi-point game of the postseason.
Fortunately for Ducks fans who couldn’t make it to Honda Center tonight, FSN Prime Ticket aired the game in HD (even for those of us unlucky enough to get only one of the FSN HD channels).
Tags: Ducks, fans, fighting, FSN, game 7, HD, Hockey, Honda Center, Joe Louis Arena, Jonas Hiller, NHL, penalties, playoffs, power play, Red Wings, Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer
It’s been a dream of mine to get to all hockey arenas in the NHL (all 30+ of them, since I’ve been to both arenas in Phoenix, Pittsburgh is getting a new arena, etc.) someday. Last season, I wasn’t able to cross any off my list, but this season my cousin’s wedding (this Saturday in Lansing, MI) was perfectly planned, since the Red Wings are in town. Naturally, I flew in a day earlier than most so I could attend a Red Wings game.
The Joe Louis Arena is clearly an iconic hockey building and I’m glad I’ve finally got to cross it off my list of arenas to visit. I haven’t been to that many arenas, but somehow I’ve managed to get to most of the oldest arenas. The fact that the three oldest are all in the Atlantic division and I’m from the northeast and have friends and family in NYC, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia definitely helps. The only arena I haven’t visited in the Atlantic division is the new Devils arena (Prudential Center). I thought I might be able to get there this season, but the arena isn’t going anywhere, so I’m not too upset that it didn’t work out this year. There will be plenty of time to visit it. Getting back to the Igloo again is much more important.
Fortunately, the game tonight was very exciting. The Canucks ended it 27 seconds into overtime after the score went back and forth in regulation. I sat with some great fans and had a lot of fun discussing hockey with them. It was just the kind of game one would want to experience at any arena they were visiting. I wish I could see a game this interesting at all arenas I visit. It’d be a lot easier to compare the atmospheres then.
The prices at the Joe Louis Arena are a mystery to me. The tickets are incredibly expensive (I paid $25 for a seat near the top (very near) of the arena in the corner. The only higher seats were the press box & the luxury boxes (which tend to be up high in older arenas). However, once inside, the prices for food and merchandise were less expensive than most arenas I’ve visited. Of course, I realize that everything is relative. Just as I was text messaging a friend about the low costs of food there, the guy behind me said something to his girlfriend about how they knew the prices would be insanely expensive there. If you’re from a place like LA or New York, where food tends to be expensive (especially at arenas and amusement parks), the food prices at the Joe Louis Arena seem low. Compared to other prices around here, they’re clearly high. When I was in the elevator on my way back to my room, the guy in the elevator commented on the inexpensive merchandise at the arena, but clearly he’s from out of town, like me.
I’m still not sure how I feel about them calling Detroit Hockey Town when they can’t fill an arena during the playoffs or the first couple games the season after they won the Stanley Cup (tonight’s game was only the second home game of the season), but the atmosphere at the Joe Louis Arena was great for hockey and I would definitely come back for a game if it worked out with my schedule again.
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