RED WINGS at DUCKS
(Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3)
Big story: Once again, the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings are going the distance in a Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Four years ago, the underdog Ducks took the Red Wings to a Game 7 before falling in Detroit; this time around, they'll try to take advantage of the home ice that came with being the No. 2 seed in the West this season. Anaheim has been no worse than tied at the end of regulation in all six games, but Detroit's knack for overtime heroics -- most recently Henrik Zetterberg's goal in Game 6 that sent the teams back to Honda Center -- has prolonged the series to a winner-take-all battle Sunday night.
Ducks Game 7 Notes:
- Tonight's contest will be the fifth Game 7 in Ducks history, the second at home.
- The only other Game 7 at home was over 16 years ago, on Apr. 29, 1997 in the Conference Quarterfinals vs. Phoenix. The Ducks won that game, 3-0, behind 31 saves from Guy Hebert. David Karpa, Steve Rucchin and Joe Sacco scored goals.
- The Ducks are 2-2 overall in Game 7s. Their other win came on May 3, 2006 @ Calgary (Selanne with game-winner, Bryzgalov with 29 saves in the shutout). The club's two defeats came on June 9, 2003 in the Stanley Cup Final @ New Jersey (3-0) and May 14, 2009 in the Conference Semifinals @ Detroit (4-3).
Ducks: It isn't all that far-fetched to say Anaheim could have swept this series with a few extra bounces late, but instead the Ducks could see one of the best seasons in franchise history end a lot earlier than anticipated if they can't successfully defend their home ice in Game 7.
They continued to get scoring from their depth forwards in Game 6, as Kyle Palmieri wiped out a one-goal deficit in the second period and Emerson Etem started their late comeback with a goal in the third. The Ducks are still waiting for the first goal of the series from Corey Perry, who has been held to two assists.
"I assume that at one point, Corey Perry is going to break out," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He always has. He always will. Let's just hope it's [Sunday]."
Red Wings: It was Gustav Nyquist in Game 2 and Damien Brunner in Game 4. After a pair of Stanley Cup Playoff neophytes kept Detroit afloat in the series, it was the captain who came to the rescue in Game 6 on Friday with the entire season on the line.
Henrik Zetterberg had already scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, but when that turned out not to be enough he provided some additional heroics just 64 seconds into overtime, sneaking a shot from the far left wing boards past Jonas Hiller for a 4-3 victory.
"Those two were kind of ugly ones, but that's what you need in the playoffs," Zetterberg said after scoring his first two goals of the series. "We started to feel the frustration when the puck doesn't go in, but at the same time we've been doing a lot of good things on our line. We just keep at it, keep shooting the pucks, maybe overshot it a little bit more and the pucks will go in eventually. Today, I don't think they were two of my hardest shots, but they found a way to go in."
Who's hot: Palmieri has goals in consecutive games for the Ducks. His five points tie him for the Ducks' lead along with Ryan Getzlaf. ... Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists in Game 6 and leads the Red Wings for the series with seven points. Zetterberg has five points in the past two games.
Injury report: Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman (head) hasn't played since Game 3 and isn't likely to return until the next round, if the Ducks advance.
The Ducks Live Play By Play Broadcasters
Steve Carroll returns to AM 830 for the Ducks 2012-2013 NHL season, along with Dan Wood who covered the Ducks for years for the OC Register. And Josh Brewster returns taking your calls after away games on Duck Calls. Check out our Game Schedule
page which lists the dates and times for all of this season's Ducks games.
The Ducks website: ducks.nhl.com
Steve is in his thirteenth season as the Ducks radio play-by-play voice. A veteran of 32 years as a play-by-play announcer, he joined the club prior to the 1999-2000 season.
After landing his first play-by-play job as voice of the Mineral Area Junior College Men's Basketball Team (Flatriver, Missouri) in 1976, Carroll has gone on to broadcast in several sports at both the college and professional levels. The long list of teams include the Nashville Sounds, Huntsville Stars, Iowa Cubs, New Orleans Storm, Vanderbilt University basketball and the Nashville Knights. He has been employed in nine states and has called action in every state with the exception of Alaska and Idaho. At one point in the mid-1990s, Carroll was in Nashville broadcasting for five teams in three sports, while freelancing for a newspaper.
Carroll joined the Ducks after spending the previous two seasons handling the radio play-by-play duties for the New Orleans Brass of the ECHL, including serving in the communications, media relations and corporate sales departments. He also called games for the New Orleans Zephyrs, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, from 1996-98.
The 51-year-old Carroll has previous NHL broadcasting experience with the Philadelphia Flyers, serving as radio play-by-play announcer for the 1995-96 season. He also called action for the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL during the 1985-86 season and the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from 1981-85.
A native of St. Louis, Carroll is also a contributor to anaheimducks.com, the club's official team website. On behalf of the team he does numerous speaking engagements and charity work during the season and in the summer months. Carroll also co-hosted "This Week in Angels Baseball" for two years on Adelphia Cable in Southern California.
Steve and his wife Rhonda, reside in Ladera Ranch.
Radio Color Analyst
Dan Wood enters his third season as radio color analyst for the Anaheim Ducks. Wood, who was named to his current position on Aug. 24, 2009, joins Steve Carroll in the Ducks radio broadcast booth for all pre-, regular and postseason games, led by flagship station AM 830 KLAA. In addition to his duties as radio color analyst, Wood also contributes to AnaheimDucks.com.
A 19-year veteran writer of NHL hockey, Wood covered the Ducks for the Orange County Register from 2000-09, including the club's run to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship. Prior to joining the Register, Wood covered the San Jose Sharks for the Contra Costa Times from the team's inception in 1991 until 2000.
A professional sportswriter since June 1980, Wood has previously covered Stanford University football, men's and women's basketball, Bay Area college baseball and St. Mary's College basketball, as well as high school and local sports.
Born in Ely, NV, Wood was raised in Livermore, CA, in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Livermore High School in 1976 and San Jose State University in 1980 (journalism major, sociology minor). He currently resides in Anaheim Hills with wife Kim and son Kenny. His daughter, Jennifer, resides in Jacksonville, FL.
Duck Calls Sports Talk Show Host
Josh is the host of "Duck Calls," the Anaheim Ducks' postgame radio show after road games on AM830 (KLAA) in SoCal. He founded the Western Hockey Network in 2000, producing all-hockey radio programming as well as print media, covering the world's greatest game from Southern California. Josh is also the producer of the groundbreaking web radio series, "Hockeytalk Audio Features," available for listening at www.hockeytalk.biz.
He also appears regularly on XM Satellite Radio. On November 3, 2007, he filled in as color commentator on the Ducks' radio broadcast from Phoenix, calling the game with Steve Carroll. Brewster also appeared on WNSA FM in Buffalo as an NHL commentator from 2002-04.
His hockey writing has been featured in The Hockey News and Hockey Digest. A 20-plus year veteran radio and voiceover personality, Josh has been heard narrating television series for Animal Planet and USA Network, as well as countlesss radio and TV commercials across America.
He lives with his wife, Catherine, and his sons, Brent and Shane, in Los Angeles.