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Detroit Red Wings Overcome Costly Turnovers, Bad Breaks to Win Game 6 Against Anaheim Ducks

Yahoo Contributor Network

COMMENTARY | Back and forth this series goes.

The Detroit Red Wings held a two-goal lead with 8:30 left in the third period of Game 6 on Friday, May 10, but lost the lead and needed overtime to force a Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Every goal against the Red Wings happened because of a bad break, a costly turnover or a combination of the two.

Anaheim's first goal came off a Kyle Quincey turnover. Emerson Etem picked off Quincey's pass and got it over to Kyle Palmieri. Palmieri hit the post, but the rebound hit Brendan Smith and went into the net.

It looked like Quincey fanned on the pass in the neutral zone, which allowed Etem to turn around and intercept it. Quicney will make that pass 99 times out of 100. Unfortunately for him, he didn't make it this time, and the Ducks made him pay.

Anaheim's second goal came when Valtteri Filppula made a no-look pass behind his own net thinking a teammate would be there. Instead, Etem collected the puck and stuffed it past Jimmy Howard.

This simply is Filppula trying to be too fancy with the puck. In hindsight, a defenseman probably should have been behind the net for support, but Filppula can't assume someone is back there. Make the safe play up the boards and out of the zone.

Anaheim's third goal was the worst break for the Red Wings. Corey Perry tripped Quincey as he was skating behind the net, which allowed Francois Beauchemin to throw the puck in front of the net. Bobby Ryan eventually put the puck in the net to tie the game with 2:37 left.

I'm not one of those guys to blame calls or lack of calls on the outcome of a game, but the referees clearly missed one on that play.

What impressed me the most is the Red Wings were able to compose themselves -- just like they did in Game 2 -- and score the winning goal in overtime.

Just like in Game 2, the Red Wings had a chance to win it in regulation, but Henrik Zetterberg's shot hit the post as he beat Jonas Hiller.

Howard continued to be as reliable as ever in net as he made 34 saves in Game 6. His most impressive save came on a 2-on-1 when he stoned Teemu Selanne early in the second period to preserve the 1-0 lead.

Howard was extremely busy in the second and third periods as he made 30 saves between the two periods.

Despite Howard's ability to keep his team in games, these blown leads have to be a major concern for the Red Wings as they go back to Anaheim for Game 7.

They have been able to overcome them twice, but it shouldn't be something they have to rely on to win playoff games.

Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can find Tom on Twitter @tom_mitsos.

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