Red Wings Fall to Ducks on Late Controversial Goal

The Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks seemed to be headed to overtime on Saturday night but a late goal by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf propelled the Ducks to a 3-2 win.

Getzlaf appeared to tie up Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall along the right wing boards in the Red Wings’ zone before picking up the puck and cutting in on goal all alone to beat goalie Jimmy Howard with 24 seconds remaining. No penalty was called on the play, leaving the Detroit bench livid.

The Wings were unable to even things back up in the closing seconds as the Ducks held on to win.

Getzlaf had opened the game’s scoring at 1:13 of the second period. Howard bobbled the puck behind his net and Patrick Maroon picked off his attempted pass. As Howard raced back into the crease, Maroon fed Corey Perry in front. The puck hopped over Perry’s stick but came right to Getzlaf to snap into the back of the net.

Luke Glendening got the Red Wings on the board with 4:27 left in the period, whipping a backhander from low in the right faceoff circle past Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen.

Gustav Nyquist put Detroit up at 1:57 of the final frame, ripping a shot from the left wing past Andersen off a long feed from Henrik Zetterberg during an Anaheim line change.

Just 1:21 later, Matt Beleskey tied things back up. Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith lost the puck to Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler behind the Red Wings’ goal and Kesler sent a pass out into the slot for Beleskey to blast back past Howard to make it 2-2.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots against. Andersen stopped 27 of 29 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Red Wings getting two chances with the extra attacker and the Ducks three.

The Red Wings are now off until Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins for the second time in three games.


Detroit remained without Pavel Datsyuk, out with an injured shoulder… The Red Wings’ healthy scratches were Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss, and Brian Lashoff.

Rookie OT Heorics Lift Red Wings Past Ducks Again

For the second time in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Anaheim, one of Detroit’s rookies provided the heroics to lift the Red Wings past the Ducks and into a series tie after four games.

Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 remaining in the overtime period on Monday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Ducks.

Joakim Andersson fed Gustav Nyquist – who scored Detroit’s overtime winner in Game Two – with a long outlet pass to start the play. Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller hesitated to come out of his crease with Nyquist not in full control of the puck as he crossed the blue line and by the time Hiller poked it away from the Swedish forward, it just deflected off of defenseman Bryan Allen and sat at the edge of the crease. Brunner swept in and banged home the rebound to finish the game.

Matt Beleskey had opened the game’s scoring at 5:07 of the first. Defenseman Brendan Smith lost the puck at the side of the Detroit net and Andrew Cogliano worked it out front to Beleskey. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made a pair of stops from right on the doorstep but Beleskey put in his third chance to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead.

Smith would make up for his giveaway in the third period, as his blast from the blue line at 1:18 of the period deflected multiple times on its way past Hiller to tie the game, 1-1.

David Steckel put the Ducks back out in front with 9:20 remaining in regulation. Kyle Palmieri’s chance from the inside of the right faceoff circle was stopped but the puck flipped into the air and landed at the far side of the net. Steckel and Emerson Etem jumped on it, with Steckel poking it into the open side of the net.

An individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk 2:47 later tied things back up. Skating down the left wing, Datsyuk whipped a snap shot past Hiller and into the top of the net to make it 2-2.

No power play goals were scored on the night, with Anaheim getting three tries – including one in overtime – and Detroit getting one.

Howard stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Hiller made 46 saves on 49 Detroit chances.

Game Five will be in Anaheim on Wednesday.


With Justin Abdelkader suspended for two games for his hit on Toni Lydman in Game Three, Mikael Samuelsson played on the top line. Todd Bertuzzi took Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup.

Red Wings Collapse in Third Period Again, Drop Game Three 4-0

For the second consecutive game, the Red Wings allowed three third-period goals by the Ducks. On Saturday night, however, there was no overtime hero as Detroit dropped a 4-0 decision to Anaheim.

The Ducks broke a scoreless tie late in the second period on a power play brought on by a controversial Justin Abdelkader hit. With 4:49 remaining in the period, Abdelkader left his feet and hit the head of Anaheim defender Toni Lydman. Replays were inconclusive as to whether he left his feet during the hit or before and whether or not Lydman’s head was the initial point of contact. Further complicating matters, Abdelkader was given a five minute major and ejected for charging, when he had actually stopped skating leading into the hit.

Just 13 seconds into the five-minute power play. Nick Bonino swatted a loose puck at the top of the crease past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a goal-mouth scramble to make it 1-0.

Ryan Getzlaf made it 2-0 at 6:33 of the third, capitalizing on a Damien Brunner turnover in the Detroit zone to skate around a poke-check from Howard and put the puck into the empty net for a shorthanded goal.

Teemu Selanne fed Emerson Etem with a backhand pass from behind the net just 1:31 later, with Etem wristing a chance past Howard to put the Ducks up by three.

With 6:26 remaining, Matt Beleskey rounded out the scoring on an Anaheim power play. Beleskey was left uncovered in the low slot to tip a pass from Saku Koivu in behind Howard.

The Ducks finished the night with two power play goals on six tries while the Red Wings could not score in the same number of attempts with the man-advantage.

Howard made 25 saves on 29 shots. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Game Four will be on Monday in Detroit, with the Ducks leading the series 2-1.


Brian Lashoff made his first appearance of the playoffs for the Red Wings, swapping in for the injured Danny DeKeyser. Mikael Samuelsson also entered the Detroit lineup, replacing Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

Third Period Collapse Dooms Red Wings in 5-2 loss to Ducks

A pair of goals in the first two minutes of the third period put the Detroit Red Wings in a hole Friday night and they were unable to recover, dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Andrew Cogliano scored at 1:02 of the final period to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Cogliano picked off a Niklas Kronwall pass in the neutral zone and gave the puck to Saku Koivu on the right wing. Koivu passed it back through Kronwall to Cogliano in the slot for a tip past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard for what would be the game-winning goal.

Just 38 seconds later, Bobby Ryan banged home the rebound of his own chance on an odd-man rush to put the Ducks up by a pair.

Cogliano closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal in the closing minutes, capitalizing when the Red Wings were unable to get through the neutral zone with the extra attacker.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings opened the scoring at 3:01 of the second. Defenseman Jakub Kindl got the puck in the high slot and fed rookie Joakim Andersson in the right circle to lift a shot over Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth for his first career goal.

The Ducks countered 26 seconds later. Off a faceoff, Ryan Getzlaf gathered up the puck on the left wing boards and passed to Matt Beleskey all alone in the slot for a shot past Howard.

Rookie Tomas Tatar‘s second of the season put the Wings back in front at 6:32 of the period on a power play. Tatar picked up the rebound of a Damien Brunner chance from up high and skated it across the top of the crease, putting a shot into the open side of the net.

Again, the Ducks responded quickly, evening things up at 7:37. Wings defenseman Ian White held the puck behind the Detroit net as the team made a change but when he attempted to make an outlet pass, his stick snapped and the puck went straight to Beleskey. Beleskey sent it to Corey Perry, who got a couple chances from in close before knocking it past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 36 shots against. Fasth made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Detroit’s power play went one-for-four on the night with the penalty kill stopping all three Anaheim tries.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.


The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk for the game, the latest injury to hit the team. With Datsyuk out, Gustav Nyquist was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.