((HT: LA Times/Helene Elliott))
Nicklas Lidstrom scored with 49.1 seconds left in the third period, pursuing his own rebound and rifling it past a helpless Jonas Hiller, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks this evening at Joe Louis Arena in the opener of their second-round playoff series.
In a game that was every bit as rugged as promised -- and as big a showcase for world-class skills as could be hoped for -- the Red Wings won on the persistence of Lidstrom.
The incomparable defenseman took a pass from Dan Cleary for a shot that was stopped by Hiller, but with bodies and traffic in front, Lidstrom cleverly saw an opening to come in from the blue line to pounce on the loose puck and snap it past Hiller.
Game 2 will be played Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific time, also at Joe Louis Arena.
Mark Lee has the call for the game-winner, thanks CBC/NHL...