Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (middle) celebrates with teammates Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl after scoring during Game 7 of their Western Conference quarterfinal against the Anaheim Ducks May 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
The day before Game 7, Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he could think of one way to counter the top stars of the Detroit Red Wings.
“A magic wand,” was his solution.
Disneyland is just down the street, but obviously none of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Merlin and Tinker Bell turned over their source of power to Boudreau.
Lord knows Boudreau could have used one, not only to help stave off yet another series-winning performance by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk but also to instill the same clinching-game magic in his big guns.
Led by Zetterberg’s goal and assist and Datsyuk’s Selke Trophy-calibre defending, the Red Wings advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by upsetting the Ducks 3-2 in the deciding game of the best-of-seven playoff series.