NHL playoff roundup: Red Wings capture Game 7

Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, on Sunday night, winning a road Game 7 for just the third time in franchise history.

Justin Abdelkader scored a shorthanded goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the final four games and advanced to face top-seeded Chicago in the second round. The Red Wings are in the second round for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots for the Ducks.


Beauchemin got credit for a power-play goal with 3:17 to play when the puck banked off Jonathan Ericsson’s skate in front of Howard, but Anaheim never really got close to a tying goal late.

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Detroit got a big finish from Zetterberg, their Stanley Cup-winning captain, who scored just 1:49 into the game on a rebound in the slot — although he also took the penalty that led to Beauchemin’s goal.

The loss completed an ugly flop for Anaheim, which had the best winning percentage in franchise history while winning just its second Pacific Division title during the lockout-shortened season.

The Ducks’ defeat also is a sadly familiar playoff disappointment for coach Bruce Boudreau, who never got the Washington Capitals past the second round after four standout regular seasons with his previous club.

Rangers 1, Capitals 0 — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh career playoff shutout and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for host New York, which forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.


Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner made it stand up, and helped send the series back to Washington for the deciding game Monday night. The home team has won all six games in the series.

The game ended with a melee in the far left corner in the New York zone after the final buzzer had sounded.

The Rangers played disciplined hockey throughout, and weren’t called for any penalties until after time expired. The Capitals killed off all five power plays against them, but two in the third period cut out precious time they could have had to net the tying goal.

‘‘Some were deserved, some weren’t deserved,’’ Washington forward Troy Brouwer said of his team’s penalties. ‘‘We killed our momentum.’’


Defenseman Mike Green left Washington shorthanded when he took a retaliation cross-checking penalty on Derek Dorsett with 6:14 remaining.

‘‘There are a lot emotions. You can expect scrums and things like that,’’ Dorsett said. ‘‘You’ve got to play your game. You can’t just go out and think you’re going to scrum it up and win the game.’’

Just after that penalty expired, Lundqvist denied Eric Fehr’s drive with a snaring glove save.

He then covered the puck in front with 48.4 seconds left, keeping Marcus Johansson at bay after the Capitals pulled goalie Braden Holtby for an extra attacker.

Lundqvist was at his best earlier in the third when the Capitals came at him in waves in search of the tying goal. He turned aside Mike Ribeiro, who scored the overtime goal to win Game 5, with just over 11 minutes remaining, and stopped Fehr three minutes later on a rush up the middle.

Lundqvist gave an emphatic fist pump and a joyous yell when time ran out.

Holtby was sharp as well in making 28 saves.

The Rangers’ power play continued to be grossly ineffective as it has been the entire series. New York went 0 for 5 on the advantage Sunday — including a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 44 seconds in the first period.