Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings checks Toni Lydman #32 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2013 at Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Abdelkader was given a five minute major penalty for charging and a ten minute game misconduct penalty on the play (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
DETROIT (DFP) - Little went well for the Red Wings as they returned to their home ice.
They couldn't score, even during a two-man power play, couldn't contain the Ducks, couldn't feed off a crowd that went from jubilant to jittery to jogging out the doors. Instead of building on having just stolen a game in Anaheim, the Wings lost, 4-0 Saturday in Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena, giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
Nick Bonino made the Wings pay for Justin Abdelkader's big hit on Toni Lydman that cost both teams their respective players late in the second period. Ryan Getzlaf showed the Wings how to score on a power play, doing so on one of theirs early in the third period, and Emerson Etem followed up with a goal two minutes after Getzlaf, reducing any chance of a rally for Detroit.
Matt Beleskey scored on another Ducks power play late in the third period.
The Wings had to make do without mobile defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who was lost in the last game to a broken thumb. Brian Lashoff took over in DeKeyser's spot, while oft-injured forward Mikael Samuelsson replaced Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.
From the start, it was clear the Ducks had more fire. They tested Howard 13 times, killed off 5:20 minutes worth of Detroit power plays, including 40 seconds when the Wings had two extra skaters. The best chances the Wings had was when Valtteri Filppula had a half-open net before him, but he fanned on Niklas Kronwall's pass, and Pavel Datsyuk hit the crossbar.
Otherwise, Jonas Hiller faced down a streaking Johan Franzen, whose breakaway ended with a shot right into Hiller's body.
Hiller and Howard continued to excel in the second period, which saw Howard stop a Etem on a breakaway early on. The Wings got another opportunity with the man advantage with eight minutes to go, when Getzlaf got called for tripping Datsyuk. Jakub Kindl sent a shot straight up the middle that Daniel Cleary tried to tip, but it went nowhere. Damien Brunner, coming off a three-point night Thursday, had a sweet shot from the left circle denied.
The Wings ended up shorthanded for the last five minutes after Abdelkader was kicked out for a crushing hit that left Lydman woozy and needing help to get off the ice. The Ducks retaliated seconds into their man advantage, when Kronwall was unable to clear Corey Perry's shot on net and instead Bonino backhanded the puck behind Howard.
Getzlaf scored one-legged after picking Brunner's pocket at 6:33 and Etem delivered a three-goal lead at 8:04 after Teemu Selanne timed a pass just right before cruising behind Detroit's net.
From there, it was just a matter of running down the clock for the Ducks. Brunner took a penalty, Howard an overlapping one, leaving the Wings down two skaters for a whole minute. Sure enough, Beleskey made the Wings pay for that, too.
BY HELENE ST. JAMES/DETROIT FREE PRESS