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By Allan Muir, SI.com
1. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim -- Youth was served Tuesday as the PPG line offered up its most aggressive, and most effective, game of the series. Getzlaf chipped in with a power-play goal, his fifth of the playoffs, and added an assist on Corey Perry's second-period marker to give the Ducks what looked like an insurmountable lead heading into the third.
2. Sami Pahlsson, Anaheim -- Big offensive plays by this Selke nominee bookended Anaheim's scoring. His goal at 5:54 of the third looked like icing on the cake, but it ended up being the series clincher after Detroit's furious third-period comeback fell just short. Pahlsson wasn't on the scoresheet for the opening Anaheim tally, but he created the opportunity with a clean faceoff win over Pavel Datsyuk to the right of Dom Hasek.
3. J-S Giguere, Anaheim -- Unlike the previous two games, he didn't have to be the best player on the ice ... at least, not until the outcome was in doubt. He made 26 saves, with 13 of those coming in the third. With the veteran Wings charging hard to the net, Giguere made stops on Henrik Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi in the furious final 90 seconds to preserve the win and send the Ducks to the finals.
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and Brett Hulll says....
Season tickets to the Honda Center: $7,200
Playoff tickets to the Honda Center: $8,500
Teasing disappointed Wings fans after losing the Western Conference Finals to the Ducks: Priceless
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"Wings in 6"? No.
"Wings in 7"? No.
"Ducks in 6"? Of course!
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To: The Economically Disadvantaged Wings Fans in Michigan
From: The Loyal Ducks Fans in Southern California
As you were saving all your money to finally "sell-out" the Joe in the Finals ... let me be the one to say ... "Your welcome!" Now you can spend that money on a bunch of Little Caesars pizzas to last you through the summer.
Are you sure you got this right? You do realize these are Anaheim players, don't you? Surely, even you could have found a way to work in a Wing into one of the three stars.
Well, I'm sure you still believe that the better team didn't win the series. You have to hand it to the Ducks ... they beat the Wings, the officials, and the media.
Welcome back to reality!
To: The Loyal Ducks Fans in Southern California
From: An Economically Disadvantaged Wings Fans in Michigan
Congratulations on your victory. I'm sorry that you find it necessary to make fun of people who have lost their jobs just to lift up your team. I always cheer for the team that knocks mine out, show some dignity so I don't have to cheer for the east.
I'm a Ducks fan and I think it was a cheap shot to attack Detroits economy in a post. That hurts the Image of Anaheim fans who in most part are very good spirited at Ducks and Angel games.
That said, game 6 Anaheim dominated it but I think Detroit was super dominant in the 3rd and possibly could have won the game in overtime despite Jiggy being a good OT playoff goalie.
Good luck to Detroit, I think they will win the Cup next year. I dont know if the Ducks will perform the way they did this year again. Some of our guys are getting older and recent trends say Cup winners skip the playoffs next season.
From the above comments, Ducks fans have no class. They went from whiners to gloaters.
Grats Ducks. Awesome game. The Wings made that 3rd period explosive. The best period of hockey for them all season long probably.
Some missed opportunities here and there in games 4 and 5, but overall a good series for 'em.
Ah well, I'll still be watchin' the finals. I'll probably even root for the smelly Ducks.
I wonder if Hull is crying about the Ducks being lucky again.
Maybe somebody here can tell me: what's with the "bad guy edit" the Ducks have been getting? I would have thought that Chelios and the Dead Things would have been the black hats for this series. But everything I've seen and read says the Ducks are a dirty team.
How can a team with Teemu Selanne on it be bad?
Please explain it to me.
Anaheim has talent and speed, and the Ducks make amazing plays on the fly. Detroit is a system-based team, they're old, and they're about as fun to watch as the NY Yankees or some other collection of automatons.
I believe the ducks won this series overall do to goal keeping. It's hard to stop pucks while on your back doing the backstroke.
The ducks play was good enough to beat the best team during the regular season and it was earned by all the players on the team. Giggy was just the MVP of this series when he needed to be.
Chelios showed what a "good sport" he is. Shook only the coaching staffs hands and skated to the locker room to cry, just like 03 against the ducks. For being a great player, he sure knows how to let down fans who used to admire him.
It's time the Ducks get the recognition that they deserve. Look at the records set, look at the stats.
Almost as lame as making fun of the economically disadvantaged is that your team is named after a Disney Movie.
I root for real hockey cities. Go Sens!!
Detroit fans are the biggest gloaters of ALL TIME. If you would have won the series, we would be hearing it today. I am not saying cheap shots at Detroits economy are a good thing, but be real, you lost. The one thing people hate more than someone who gloats is a sore loser.
You can't only claim class when you lose and want sympathy, or people to take it easy on you. You have to remember that when you win as well.
Kudos to the NHL though..as this was entertaining hockey, and the Sen v Ducks should be good hockey to watch as well. I love this sport.....
Chelios showed his true colors in what is the best tradition in all professional sports.
whether you are a ducks fan or a red wings fan, it was pretty chicken-bleep of chelios to not participate in the handshake. i don't care how disappointed you are!