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Ducks bounce back to take 2-1 series lead over Red Wings

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DETROIT - The Anaheim Ducks wanted to prove their performance in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Detroit Red Wings was a fluke.

After losing a 5-4 overtime decision on Thursday night, allowing Detroit to tie the series, Game 3 on Saturday wound up being completely different.

Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for his third career playoff shutout and Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist as the second-seeded Ducks beat the seventh-seeded Red Wings 4-0 at Joe Louis Arena.

As a result, the Ducks lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Monday night, also in Detroit.

"Nobody was happy with the way we played last game," Hiller said. "I gave up some bad goals. You just want to prove that was bad luck."

Nick Bonino, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey also scored for Anaheim.

"Hillsie (Hiller) played great and we played great team defense," Bonino said.

Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots for Detroit, which was unsuccessful on six power-play attempts.

"I definitely think there are a lot of things we could do better," Red Wings' defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "I thought overall it was a special teams battle, a lot of penalties both ways. We needed to get the job done and we didn't."

Detroit's Justin Abdelkader received a five-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct after a hit on Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman with 4:49 left in the second period.

Lydman did not return, and the team said he was under evaluation.

"Right now, he just has a headache," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game about Lydman, a veteran leader who is a big part of the Ducks' penalty kill. "He doesn't feel like celebrating. He has a bad headache."

Boudreau was asked if the hit warranted a suspension.

"From what I gather, the league has done a pretty good job on these things and I'm not going to say anything," he said. "Mr. Shanahan (NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan) can look at it, he can read into it what he thinks. We just want our guy to be okay."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock also didn't give an opinion.

"His shoulder hit his shoulder. The guy went down hard and they called a major," Babcock said. "Now I'm not involved in the next part of the process, you know. I mean he hit him hard."

Abdelkader was playing on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and has been one of Detroit's most effective players in the series because of his size and physical game. He scored the first goal of Detroit's 5-4 overtime win in Anaheim in Game 2.

Damien Brunner replaced Abdelkader on the line in the third period.

"It got the guys a little angry. Nobody wants to see a teammate take a hit to the head," Bonino said. "It gives you a little jump in your step."

It didn't take long for the Ducks to capitalize after the second-period penalty as Bonino got the game's first goal just 18 seconds into that power play by putting in Corey Perry's rebound for Bonino's second goal of the playoffs.

Bonino said Getzlaf, the Ducks' captain, got the power-play unit together before the face-off and told them to settle down and relax.

Getzlaf got the second assist on that goal and then made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal 6:33 into the third period. He stole the puck from Brunner in the slot area, beat Howard's diving poke check attempt and slid the puck into the empty net with a second left in Luca Sbisa's interference penalty. It was Getzlaf's second goal of the playoffs.

"I had a good read on what he (Brunner) was doing," Getzlaf said. "I got him in a bad spot and was able to beat Howard to the puck."

Etem added a goal at 8:04 of the third and Beleskey scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 6:26 left.

Each team had a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity in the scoreless first period.

Hiller stopped Johan Franzen on a breakaway 8:01 into the game and Datsyuk hit the goal post with 8:15 left in the opening period.

NOTES: Detroit rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff replaced fellow rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser in the lineup. DeKeyser suffered a broken right thumb in Game 2 in a collision with Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri and is out for the season. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the team would not have made the playoffs without DeKeyser, who played the last 11 regular-season games after signing as a free agent out of Western Michigan University. Lashoff hasn't played in a month. ... Anaheim defenseman Lucas Sbisa made his series debut. He replaced Sheldon Souray in the lineup. ... Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson replaced Todd Bertuzzi in the lineup and on the fourth line with Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves. Samuelsson, who missed all but four games during the season, also played the right point on the second power-play unit.
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