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Is There Trouble for Hockeytown?

DETROIT - MAY 03: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around Todd Marchant #22 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 3, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Bare KnucksAnalyst IMay 3, 2009

The Ducks clearly are not scared of the defending champs.  After knocking off the top seeded San Jose Sharks in the West, Anaheim has no sign of letting up on the gas. 

The Sharks were a team that was talked about quite frequently for their supremacy midseason, and were perhaps the best team in the playoffs.  So should Red Wings enthusiasts be worried about the ‘underdog’ Ducks?  I’d say so.

Jonah Hiller was magnificent, stopping 59 of 62 shots.  If Hiller keeps trend, it will be a disappointing postseason for D-town.  This afternoon’s triple OT game was awfully momentous.

Losing such a hard fought battle is demoralizing to the losing team, while the victor gains confidence, especially when the winning team is a No. 8 seed playing on the road in such a hostile environment. 

Detroit fans desperately need the Red Wings to pull through this series, because we all know they have nothing else to look forward to. 

Detroit is an extremely talented and experienced hockey team, but the Ducks look hungrier.  In some cases, it’s better to be an underdog.  There is less pressure to win, and as a result teams play looser, which can help some teams.

Anaheim has benefited from being a No. 8 seed; with such low expectations, they are playing more freely and as a result, they are playing some of their best hockey this season.

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