|DET||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
ANAHEIM – Thirty-five seconds was all it took for the good vibes to be drained out of the Anaheim Ducks.
That’s the length of time it took the Detroit Red Wings to score two goals to turn a 3-2 Anaheim lead into a 4-3 deficit that carried to the finish in a crushing Ducks defeat in front of the fourth straight sellout at Honda Center.
|Two Detroit goals in 35 seconds spoiled a hard-fought lead the Ducks carried into the third.
"I think our boys played pretty well for the most part throughout that game," said Ryan Getzlaf, who had a hand in all three Ducks goals. "We had a few mental breakdowns and they cost us goals. You play a good hockey team like that and that happens. We were right in that hockey game all night long. If it wasn’t for a few bounces, it could have been a different outcome."
Detroit’s Dan Cleary and Johan Franzen found the net with back-to-back strikes to take a one-goal lead midway through the period, and Anaheim couldn’t muster a reply down the stretch.
Cleary took advantage of a Scott Niedermayer turnover in the corner of the Ducks zone, eluding the Anaheim defenseman to send a wrist shot off the post and in.
While that goal was being announced to the mixed crowd of 17,525, Johan Franzen gave the Wings the lead on a controversial goal that looked like it was scored with a high stick. After a Pavel Datsyuk shot from near the wall hit in front of the net and bounced high in the air, Franzen batted it in with a stick that appeared to be over the crossbar. But after a quick replay review, officials determined it was good.
Anaheim did little to counter in the period, going almost 11 minutes from the 3:42 mark without a shot on goal. It wasn’t until the final minute, with goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere on the bench for an extra attacker, that the Ducks gave their fans hope.
Samuel Pahlsson ripped a shot from the slot, with goalie Chris Osgood susceptible, that flew just wide. Seconds later, Corey Perry had the puck bounce to him in front of Osgood, but couldn’t lift it over the goalie's glove. And with just a couple of ticks left, Niedermayer put the puck on net for a Bobby Ryan one-timer try that was stuffed.
It was the first time this season the Ducks lost after taking a lead into the third period, as they had been 14-0-0 in that scenario entering tonight. It also spoiled a stellar night for Getzlaf, who had a goal and two assists on the three Ducks tallies.
"These are the types of games you need to win and the type of games you need to have at the end of the day," Giguere said. "We had a pretty good effort. We just found a way to lose. Teams that play with confidence, they find ways to win. I think the Red Wings did that tonight. "
|Getzlaf had a hand in all three Ducks tallies, with a goal and two pretty assists.
Those opening 40 minutes produced the kind of high-tempo, hard-hitting, seesaw hockey worthy of the longtime rivals and last two Stanley Cup champs. Detroit got on top first 9:03 into the opening period, as Datsyuk raced up the wing, fed Tomas Holstrom in the slot and Holstrom redirected a backhander through.
But the Ducks came back with two goals in the final four minutes of the period, both courtesy of the handywork of Getzlaf. In a barrage on net that produced four Ducks shots in a manner of seconds, Getzlaf collected his own rebound and shuttled the puck under Detroit goalie Chris Osgood for the goal.
Then with 1:12 left in the period, Getzlaf faked a shot from the slot, pulled the puck back and lost defenseman Kris Draper before feeding it to the top of the crease, where Corey Perry poked it home.
That 2-1 lead was erased 2:49 into the second period with the Wings on a power play following a Chris Pronger cross checking penalty. Niklas Kronwall dumped the puck in the corner, only to see it hit a seam in the glass and deflect back to the middle of the ice. Jiri Hudler picked it up with only Giguere in front of him and he sent it past him.
But the Ducks fought back again seven seconds after a Derek Meech boarding penalty expired, again thanks to Getzlaf’s deft puck-handling. Getzlaf picked up the puck near the left wing boards and sent it to the other side of the ice, where Montador sent a shot on net that popped the water bottle.
The Ducks had several close calls in the second period, including in the opening two minutes, when twice Giguere was out of position and would have given up goals if not for diving blocked shots by first Travis Moen and later Bret Hedican.
That was exemplary of the tireless Ducks play in the first two periods that unfortunately didn't carry over to the third.
"It was a really highly-paced game. In the end, we found a way to lose the hockey game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "When you score three goals you should win in your own building. We turned the puck over, specifically in the third period on the two goals, which really provided the margin of victory for them. It wasn’t because didn’t try. We worked our rear ends off. We committed to playing a physical game. I didn’t think we were undisciplined. That was the way it went. We got beat."
Oddly enough, the loss was the fourth straight 4-3 decision for Anaheim, and the eighth in the last 12 games.
"It’s going to be up to us, the veterans especially, to step up and create something here," Giguere said. "I think we’re a pretty confident group, but it could be a little bit better for sure, especially for me."
Tonight’s game marked the end of an extended home swing for the Ducks, who now head to Pittsburgh for a Friday game with the other ’08 Stanley Cup finalist that kicks off a four-game road trip heading into the All-Star break.GAME LOG
|Tomas Holmstrom (14) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (32), Nicklas Lidstrom (25)|
1 - 0 DET
|Ryan Getzlaf (16) ASST: Chris Kunitz (16), Steve Montador (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Corey Perry (11) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (36), Scott Niedermayer (21)|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Jiri Hudler (17) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (19), Mikael Samuelsson (20)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Steve Montador (4) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (37), Corey Perry (27)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Daniel Cleary (8) ASST: Derek Meech (3), Valtteri Filppula (13)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Johan Franzen (19) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (33), Niklas Kronwall (20)|
4 - 3 DET
|Scott Niedermayer Slashing against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Daniel Cleary Hooking against Brett Festerling|
|Tomas Holmstrom Holding against Travis Moen|
|Chris Pronger Cross checking against Daniel Cleary|
|Derek Meech Boarding against Drew Miller|
|Ryan Getzlaf Hooking against Daniel Cleary|
|Jiri Hudler Hooking against Brendan Morrison|
|Samuel Pahlsson Tripping against Brad Stuart|
|SA: 28||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 25||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .893||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 33||TOI: 58:49|
|Saves: 29||EV: 24 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .879||SH: 0 - 0|
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