The Red Wings went after every puck like it was a pot of gold, finished every check, banked two goals in the first period and another in the second period and cashed in with a trip to Chicago for round two of the playoffs.

By the time the third period rolled around Sunday night at Honda Center, the Wings were protecting a lead and held onto it to claim Game 7, 3-2, the first time in the series the Wings won in regulation.

“We wanted to have a good start and we did that,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Then we just kept playing. There were a few moments when they took over and we were on our heels a little bit, but overall, we played a good game. It was nice.”

After upsetting the second-seeded Ducks, the Wings next will take on the top-seeded Blackhawks, who polished off the Minnesota Wild last Thursday.

“It was good to see that we can move on,” Zetterberg said. “It’s been a different year for us, and the way we got it together at the end of the year and played our way into the postseason and kept going was really fun to see.”

The NHL has not released a schedule, but the next series will open Wednesday at United Center. That gives the Wings at least a day and a half at home – they planned to fly home from Anaheim today – and the opportunity to practice Tuesday in Detroit before getting back on a plane. Under any circumstance playing the Blackhawks will not be as taxing traveling-wise as it was playing the Ducks, which over the past week required four three-hour time-zone changes.