Remember when everyone was bitching about Justin Abdelkader being on the same line as Pavel Datsuk seemingly believing that he (Abdelkader) didn’t belong?
Well how do you feel about that now?
After sitting out two games well deserved games for a vicious hit on Toni Lydman, Abdelkader scored his second playoff goal this season coming shorthanded as the 7th seeded Red Wings defeated the 2nd seeded Ducks 3-2 in Game 7 to move onto the second round.
Although it didn’t stand as the game winner, Abdelkader’s shorthanded tally may have very well of taken enough out of the Anaheim sail to propel the Wings to victory.
Henrik Zetterberg got things going for the Wings scoring at the 1:49 mark of the first period. This came after scoring twice in Game 6 totaling 8 points in the opening round. The Red Wing captain however took a delay of game penalty late in the third period which resulted in a Francois Beauchemin power play goal making for a dramatic finish.
Valtteri Filppula’s second period tally ended up being the game winner as the Wings won consecutive games in the series to earn a Western Conference semifinal match up with the 2013 President’s Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks.
Jimmy Howard made 31 saves in the win.