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 in Anaheim, Calif.
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 No. 2-seeded 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 – and for the first time in the series, the Wings didn’t even need overtime to win.
After winning a Game 7 on the road for just the third time in their franchise’s lengthy history, the Red Wings are in the second round for the sixth time in seven seasons. Detroit also beat Anaheim in a seven-game series in 2009.
The Motor City’s team even prevented the first Freeway Faceoff in NHL playoff history. Anaheim would have faced Los Angeles in the second round, the first postseason matchup for Southern California’s two teams.
The loss completed an ugly flop for Anaheim, which had the best winning percentage in franchise history while winning its second Pacific Division title during the lockout-shortened season.
Rangers 1, Capitals 0: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for New York, which beat Washington to force a Game 7 in the first-round series.
Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner made it stand up, and helped send the series back to Washington for the deciding game tonight.
The home team has won all six games in the series.
The game ended with a melee in the far left corner in the New York zone after the final buzzer had sounded.
Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1: Captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals and Toronto edged visiting Boston to send the playoff series back to Boston for Game 7 tonight.
Milan Lucic scored for Boston with 26 seconds left in the third.
James Reimer made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row.
Phaneuf’s goal at 1:48 of the third period came after Nazem Kadri ripped a wrist shot that was tipped in by Phaneuf, who had made his way to the front of the goal after continuing his rush.
Kessel then added to the lead at 8:59, picking up the puck after James van Riemsdyk dealt with two Bruins in front of goal and backhanded it past Tuukka Rask. Kadri beat Patrice Bergeron on the faceoff to start the play.