Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, left, has gone eight games in this year's playoffs without a goal. ((Gregory Shamus/Getty Images))

Hockey Night in Canada will carry Game 7 between the hometown Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks on Thursday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).

The Ducks forced a decisive game with a 2-1 decision at home Tuesday night on the strength of Jonas Hiller's 38-save performance.

The winner of Thursday's contest will face Chicago in the NHL Western Conference final. The Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver on Monday in Game 6 of their conference semifinal.

Fans of the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings likely will see defenceman Brian Rafalski back on the Joe Louis Arena ice. He returned Tuesday after missing Games 1-5 with an upper-body injury.

Game 6 ended with a brawl as six-foot-one-inch, 210-pound Marian Hossa matched up against six-foot-four-inch, 221-pound Ryan Getzlaf. Ducks forward Corey Perry pounded on Rafalski, while Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, a finalist this year for the Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player, tangled with all-star defenceman Scott Niedermayer.

"Things kind of got out of hand," Red Wings forward Dan Cleary told reporters. "No messages were sent in our minds. We're not going to back off one bit.

"We'll see [if there's any carryover]. I thought some guys took liberties on certain players that aren't known to fight."

Also Thursday, the Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes will decide their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal at 8 p.m. ET in Boston.

With files from The Associated Press