Red Wings 7, Ducks 4
It turned into an offensive showdown in the third period at Joe Louis Arena, with eight goals scored between the Ducks and Red Wings.
But when the final 20 minutes of regulation were complete, Anaheim found itself on the losing end for the third straight contest and fifth in a row on the road with a 7-4 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
The Ducks (6-9-3) tied the game on three separate occasions in the third, but could never manage to gain the lead and Detroit scored three unanswered goals in the final 4:31 to grab the victory.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Anaheim fell to Detroit in a seven-game, second-round playoff series in the spring.
(one goal, three assists) and Corey Perry
(one goal, one assist) both extended their league-high scoring streaks to 11 games in the defeat. Getzlaf also stretched his franchise-best assist streak to 10 games.
Anaheim had a hard time containing Henrik Zetterberg, who scored three of the five Detroit goals in the third period. Along with the hat trick, the left wing also added two assists on the night.
Dan Cleary added a goal and two assists, and Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm also scored.
Zetterberg put Detroit ahead for good with 4:31 left, netting his second of the game. He beat Hiller with a one-timed slap shot from the right faceoff dot. Helm added a goal with 2:15 left, and Zetterberg capped his hat trick with an empty-netter.
Detroit G Chris Osgood and LW Kirk Maltby both missed their second game because of the flu. ... Anaheim C Saku Koivu
missed his third game with a groin strain. C Ryan Carter
sat out a second game with a bruised foot. ... Red Wings D Nicklas Lidstrom received a gift from the NHL in a pregame ceremony for reaching 1,000 points. ... Wisniewski is from the Detroit suburb of Canton and played junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers, who are based in suburban Detroit.
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