Bruce Boudreau's to-do list for Game 3 is simple. Getting it done tonight when the Ducks' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Red Wings shifts to Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for the next two games is another thing entirely. Above all, the Ducks must win the battle of special teams and the best way they can do that is by staying out of the penalty box and avoid putting the Red Wings on the power play. Detroit has scored four times in 10 chances over two games with the man advantage. The Ducks won Game 1 by using their heads and their hearts. The Red Wings won Game 2 by taking advantage of the Ducks' emotions. Detroit scored three power-play goals, including Gustav Nyquist's winner in overtime. The Ducks also must get off to a better start than during Thursday's 5-4 loss, when they surrendered goals in the opening moments of the first, second and third periods and overtime. Nyquist scored only 1:21 into sudden death. It remains to be seen whether the Ducks exposed a weakness in the Red Wings' youthful defense and in goal during an electric rally in which they erased a 4-1 deficit to force overtime and, more to the point, whether they can exploit it again tonight in Game 3 and Monday in Game 4. "I think you're mostly disappointed every time you lose," Boudreau said after Game 2. "And when you come back to tie it and lose it, it is a little more disappointing. I was hoping it would get done before overtime because I knew they would regain their composure. "The last 10 minutes (of regulation play), they lost it." The Red Wings came apart at the seams because the Ducks attacked, attacked and attacked.
Ducks look to do something special heading into Game 3
L.A. Daily News | May 4