The Anaheim Ducks are playing so well they've even figured out how to win at Joe Louis Arena.
Andrew Cogliano scored the tie-breaking goal 1:02 into the third period, and Bobby Ryan added another 48 seconds later as the Ducks continued their hot start by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 Friday night.
Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:49 remaining to assure Anaheim of its first victory in Detroit in five years -- the Ducks' previous win at the Joe was on Feb. 10, 2008. This was the fourth victory in 37 visits to Detroit since Anaheim entered the NHL in 1993.
First-year goaltender Viktor Fasth stopped 26 shots to improve to 7-0-0 -- he's the first rookie goaltender since Dan Ellis from 2004-07 to win his first seven starts. Anaheim is 10-2-1, including three straight wins. The Ducks are 4-1-0 on a six-game trip that ends Saturday at the Nashville Predators.
After each team scored twice in the second period, the Ducks took command with two quick tallies in the third, both set up by Red Wings turnovers.
Cogliano picked off a pass by Niklas Kronwall in the neutral zone, raced over the Detroit blue line, fed Saku Koivu and headed for the front of the net, where he tipped a return feed from Koivu past Jimmy Howard for his third of the season.
Ryan made it 4-2 when he hammered his own rebound past Howard from the left circle for his fifth after Ian White's turnover led to a 2-on-1 break.
After a scoreless first period, Detroit scored twice in the first half of the second, only to have Anaheim answer each time.
Rookie Joakim Andersson scored his first NHL goal at 3:01, snapping a pass from Jakub Kindl past Fasth from below the right faceoff dot. But 26 seconds later, two Red Wings went to Ryan Getzlaf after a faceoff, leaving Beleskey alone in the slot to take Getzlaf's pass for a one-timer from between the hash marks that beat Howard cleanly.
Another Detroit rookie, Tomas Tatar, scored the second of his career at 6:32, picking up a power-play rebound in the slot, stepping to his left to get out of traffic and wristing the puck into the open left side. But Anaheim got even 1:05 later after White's stick broke as he tried to clear the puck in the left corner. Beleskey grabbed the puck and found Corey Perry in the slot; Perry outwaited Howard and snapped home his second goal of the season, his first in 13 games.
Howard preserved the tie with 90 seconds left when he denied Ryan from close in and gloved Luca Sbisa's point blast through traffic. Detroit's Damien Brunner then snuck past the defense and came in alone on Fasth, only to fire wide.
Anaheim dominated most of the scoreless first period, outshooting Detroit 14-6 and keeping Howard busy. But the Red Wings forced Fasth to make the best stop of the period; he foiled White, who had snuck down from the blue line to the slot, with 47 seconds left in the period. On the return rush, Anaheim's Peter Holland was wide-open in the slot only to have the puck bounce over his stick.
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