Sergei Fedorov made his second appearance of the season at Joe Louis Arena with his new team, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and fared no better than he did in his return to Detroit as the Red Wings defeated the Mighty Ducks, 3-1.
Unlike in Detroit’s 7-2 rout of the Ducks in December, where Fedorov scored once, the former Red Wings star was held without a point. Anaheim’s only goal was scored by Andy MacDonald with 5:30 remaining in the second period, knocking the puck by Detroit goalie Manny Legace as Legace attmpted to clear the puck from the side of the net.
MacDonald’s goal tied the game after the Red Wings had taken an early lead. Tomas Holmstrom scored with 6:44 left in the first period, taking a long pass from Brett Hull and skating up the left side of the ice before blasting a shot over Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s left shoulder.
Detroit retook the lead with a goal by Brendan Shanahan just 1:54 into the third period. Shanahan took a Ray Whitney pass from behind the net and fired a wrist shot from the left circle, beating Giguere for his 550th career goal.
Kirk Maltby sealed the win for Detroit with 3:21 remaining in the third period. Maltby deflected a shot by Mathieu Schneider past Giguere to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead and the Ducks were unable to respond.
Legace stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced in net for Detroit. Giguere made an amazing 38 saves on the 41 shots he faced between the pipes for Anaheim.
The Red Wings are next in action on Monday when the Nashville Predators visit Joe Louis Arena.