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Red Wings beat Ducks in Game 7; Hawks next

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 12:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:07 a.m. CDT
(Chris Carlson)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a shot Sunday night during the first period in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday night.

Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series' final four games to oust the Ducks, who had the NHL's third-best record in the regular season.

Detroit faces the top-seeded Blackhawks in the second round.

Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots for the Ducks, who failed to win their first playoff series since 2009 despite home-ice advantage.

After the clubs played four overtimes in the series' first six games, the Red Wings largely dominated the anti-climactic clincher.

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