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Who is responsible for the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 6 win over the Anaheim Ducks?

Two solid plays on the forecheck leads to a turnover and the Red Wings' third goal

Two solid plays on the forecheck leads to a turnover and the Red Wings’ third goal

So what did the Red Wings need to stay alive, despite getting some bad luck and giving away a two goal lead with four minutes to go? Just Henrik Zetterberg playing the game of his life and Justin Abdelkader returning to the lineup and going to the net. The two players combined for nearly two full goals by themselves on Friday night.


Kyle Quincey throws a sloppy pass in the neutral zone directly to Emerson Etem. Etem gives to Kyle Palmieri, who takes a wrist shot that hits the post, bounces of Brendan Smith and goes into the net. Not much Smith could have done. Responsibility: Kyle Quincey (0.5), luck (0.5)

Valtteri Filppula gets the puck after an errant Anaheim shot, takes it behind his own net — then gives a drop pass to nobody. The puck bounces off the boards and right to Etem on the back door who deposits in the net. Responsibility: Valterri Filppula (1)

The puck is dumped into the Red Wings zone and Brendan Smith immediately loses a battle with Corey Perry. Quincey trips over Perry’s stick and/or Perry trips Quincey. The puck comes to half boards and is thrown on net, where Smith is left to battle with two guys as Pavel Datysuk meanders into the play late and goes straight for the puck instead of the third man down low. Bobby Ryan eventually scoops in a rebound. Responsibility: Brendan Smith (0.5), Pavel Datsyuk (0.5)



Pavel Datsyuk gets to a missed shot and pokes it into the corner. Zetterberg picks up the puck, protects it as David Steckel hits him, then makes a backhand pass to Datsyuk. One dangle. Two dangles. Lace. Nice screen by Abdelkader in front. Responsibility: Justin Abdelkader (0.33), Pavel Datsyuk (0.33), Henrik Zetterberg (0.33)

(Power Play) Henrik Zetterberg takes a wide-open slap shot from the left side. Good screen by Johan Franzen. Responsibility: Henrik Zetterberg (0.5), Johan Franzen (0.5)

Dan Cleary dumps the puck into the Anaheim zone and then gets on the forecheck. Filppula is the second man in on the forecheck, forces the turnover and takes a weak shot wide. Justin Abdelkader chases it down and throws it on net. It hits Cleary and goes in. Responsibility: Dan Cleary (0.33), Valtteri Filppula (0.33), Justin Abdelkader (0.33)

Datsyuk wins the faceoff and Henrik Zetteberg comes in in support to get it back to Nicklas Kronwall. Kronwall fakes the slap shot, which draws a Duck to him and leaves an open space for a pass to Zetterberg. Just like the second goal, Zetterberg takes a wide-open slap shot from the left side. This time Abdelkader has the good screen in front. The result is the same. Goal. Game 7. Responsibility: Pavel Datysuk (0.25), Nicklas Kronwall (0.25), Henrik Zetteberg (0.25), Justin Abdelkader (0.25)

Your three stars:

1. Henrik Zetterberg (0.98 goals)

2. Justin Abdelkader (0.91 goals)

3. Johan Franzen (0.5 goals)

Series totals:

Scored Allowed R #
Henrik Zetterberg 2.42 0 2.42
Johan Franzen 1.66 -0.25 1.41
Pavel Datsyuk 2.24 -1 1.24
Dan Cleary 1.24 -0.25 0.99
Justin Abdelkader 1.16 -0.33 0.83
Gustav Nyquist 0.73 -0.33 0.4
Mikael Samuelsson 0.33 0 0.33
Jakub Kindl 0.45 -0.33 0.12
Danny DeKeyser 0.25 -0.25 0
Damien Brunner 0.98 -1 0.02
Luck 0.33 -0.5 0.17
Patrick Eaves 0.25 -0.5 0.25
Nicklas Kronwall 0.25 -0.58 0.33
Jonathan Ericsson 0 -0.33 0.33
Jordin Tootoo 0 -0.5 0.5
Kyle Quincey 0.2 -0.83 0.63
Valterri Filppula 0.91 -1.75 0.84
Joakim Andersson 0.53 -1.66 1.13
Cory Emmerton 0 -1.16 1.16
Jimmy Howard 0 -1.16 1.16
Brian Lashoff 0.2 -1.83 1.63
Brendan Smith 0.53 -3.41 2.88

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