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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Southern California hockey fans hoping for the first postseason clash between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings will have to wait.

The seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 victory over the second-seeded Ducks in Game 7 at Honda Center on Sunday night.

The Red Wings captured the series 4-3 and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where they will meet the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks.

Detroit never trailed, scoring less than two minutes into the contest and keeping the Ducks at bay in a game the Red Wings controlled.

Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winning goal when he cashed in a mistake in the second period. After Henrik Zetterberg missed on a pass to Daniel Cleary, Filppula picked up the loose puck and scored at 13:45 of the period, giving Detroit a 3-1 lead.

The Ducks closed to within a goal when Francois Beauchemin scored on a power play with 3:17 remaining in the game, but the Red Wings held on.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots, while Anaheim's Jonas Hiller recorded 29 saves.

The Red Wings attacked from the start. They attempted seven shots to only one for Anaheim in the opening four minutes as the Ducks looked lethargic.

Detroit got the first goal at 1:45 of the opening period when Zetterberg, who didn't score in the first five games before scoring two goals in Game 6, scored on a rebound of a shot by Filppula.

The Ducks tied the score on rookie Emerson Etem's goal from the left circle at 13:48 of the period.

Detroit regained the lead late in the period on a short-handed goal. Justin Abdelkader intercepted a pass by Francois Beauchemin and scored on a breakaway for a 2-1 Red Wings' advantage with 3:23 left in the first.

NOTES: Etem became the youngest Duck to score a goal in a Game 7 at 20 years, 10 months. ... The Ducks are 2-3 in Game 7s. Their last one occurred in 2009, when they lost to the Red Wings at Detroit. The Ducks won the only previous Game 7 played at Honda Center when they defeated Phoenix Coyotes in 1997. ... Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman, who hasn't played since receiving a jarring hit in Game 3 that resulted in a two-game suspension or Abdelkader, was scratched again for Game 7. ... The game drew a sell-out crowd of 17,412.
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