The name on the back of the jersey says Abdelkader. But maybe it should real AbDuckKiller instead – at least when the Detroit Red Wings are in Anaheim. Justin Abdelkader has become a certified Duck hunter in the last two months, bagging five of the 12 goals he scored in the regular season and playoffs this year in the Honda Center. None were bigger than his short-handed goal in the first period of Game 7 Sunday night, giving the Red Wings the lead for good as they eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs with a 3-2 victory that earned them a second-round showdown with regular-season champion Chicago. Abdelkader's goal came with 3:23 left in the first period, less than three minutes after the Ducks' Emerson Etem had tied it after Anaheim got off to a slow start. "I was sitting on the bench saying, 'Let's just get out of this period 1-1,' " said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "I thought we'd be good then. The shorthanded goal came about 20 seconds later. It was a goal that hurt." Did it ever. Abdelkader stepped in front of a pass from Francois Beauchemin to Sheldon Souray near the Detroit blue line, poked the puck down the ice and had a breakaway on Jonas Hiller.
Duck hunter Justin Abdelkader comes through again for Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center
Michigan Live | May 13