Defenceman Brian Rafalski returns to Red Wings lineup against Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Defenceman Brian Rafalski returned to the Detroit Red Wings as they looked to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Rafalski had been sidelined throughout the second-round series with an upper body injury. He practiced with the Red Wings on Monday afternoon after initially skating on Sunday.

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Before the injury, Rafalski had a goal and two assists while helping the Red Wings sweep the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round.