Detroit Red Wings finish off Ducks 3-2 in Game 7 - WNEM TV 5

Red Wings' reward for advancing is Blackhawks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -

The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings have advanced in the playoffs.

Detroit's reward is a daunting matchup with the NHL's top-seeded team: The seventh-seeded Red Wings will face the Blackhawks, starting with Game 1 Wednesday night in Chicago.

The Original Six matchup will be the last one in the Western Conference playoffs because Detroit is headed to the Eastern Conference next season as part of the league's realignment.

During the regular season, Chicago beat Detroit in overtime once, twice in shootouts and added a 7-1 rout March 31 at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg says Chicago is stacked with talented forwards and defenseman along with a good goalie. The captain says it'll be a tough series, but a fun one.

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 top-seeded Chicago 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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