Detroit Red Wings v Anaheim Ducks - Game Five

Video: Ducks’ Getzlaf and Red Wings Bertuzzi having a heated conversation


Not sure what exactly, but something drew the ire of Anaheim Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf during the third period of Friday’s 4-3  overtime win for the Detroit Red Wings.

Whatever it was, it led to a heated conversation between Getzlaf and Red Wings’ forward Todd Bertuzzi at the benches. And it didn’t look like these guys were arguing over who would buy dinner afterward.

This wasn’t the only time in tonight’s game there was a mix-up at the benches. Daniel Cleary and Francois Beauchemin got into it in front of the Ducks’ bench in the third period after colliding in the neutral zone.

But talk is cheap, and the Red Wings and Ducks will play in a seventh and deciding game in this first-round series.

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Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: