Desperate Ducks come out flying in must-win game
Anaheim, Calif. ? The mighty desperate Ducks came out flying.
One loss away from having their Stanley Cup title hopes snuffed out by New Jersey, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks came out with fresh determination in Game 6.
By the time 16 minutes had passed, they had scored three times on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Devils that tied the series 3-3.
“We know our season is on the line,” Anaheim’s Mike Leclerq said after the first-period outburst against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur. “We know what’s at stake. The guys want it real bad. We’re going to do whatever it takes.”
The resilient Ducks, who already had overcome a 2-0 series deficit, bounced back after what could have been a disheartening loss in Game 5, when the Devils beat them, 6-3, in New Jersey.
Now the surprising Ducks, who had never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs until this year, go back to New Jersey for Game 7. The Devils have won all three of the Cup finals games at home.
The Ducks, the seventh-seeded team in the Western Conference headed into the playoffs, won the three Cup finals games on their home ice.
In the third period against the Devils, the big screen at the Pond flashed pictures of a mascot involved in another Game 6 win last fall — a Rally Monkey, wearing Ducks’ gear rather than the usual Anaheim Angels’ outfit.