Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 2-1 score on Sunday night.
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Dan Cleary. The goal was tipped in by Cleary off of a Jakub Kindl shot from the half-boards.
Then Ian White's point shot that hit Jonas Hiller, was put in by Drew Miller who slid the puck "five-hole" on Hiller to make it 2-0.
Ryan Getzlaf scored on the power play with under a minute to go in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Ducks had ample opportunities to tie the score, but could not find an equalizer.
Jimmy Howard made 33 saves on 34 shots for the Red Wings and he was a unanimous first star.
Detroit Red Wings 2, Anaheim Ducks 1. Final score.
Words cannot express how big this two-game "sweep" of Anaheim was for the Red Wings. Despite giving up a boat load of scoring chances as well as a plethora of shots on goal, the Red Wings' Jimmy Howard proved why he should be the Red Wings' long-term goalie of the future.
Howard's play against top teams in the league this season has been solid to say the least, giving up a goal against Chicago in a shootout loss, while picking up a pair of wins against Vancouver and now a pair of wins against Anaheim.
Although the Ducks were among the league's best coming into this two-game series with Detroit, there will be a lot of head-scratching and soul-searching between now and Anaheim's next game, tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks drop to 22-5-4 on the season. This is still an extremely respectable mark, but the Ducks missed their chance to convert by winning one or both of these games and keeping pace with Chicago for top spot in the Western Conference.
This game was a mirror game of Friday night's game as far as both teams were concerned.
The Ducks frustration ended up boiling over at the end of the game on both occasions and the Red Wings leaned substantially on Jimmy Howard to make saves over the course of the game.
In the two-game set, Howard stopped 66 of 68 shots against him.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 1.
The Ducks pull the goalie to even the skaters count on the ice at five a piece.
Then Jonathan Ericsson accidentally centers the puck from behind his own net and Cam Fowler almost buries it in the net.
The Red Wings hold on for a 2-1 win and the Ducks have now lost back-to-back regulation games for the first time this season.
Final score: Red Wings 2, Ducks 1.
Ryan Getzlaf takes a "tripping" penalty with 33 seconds to go in the game. Getzlaf gives the referee an earful and gets tossed with another two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty.
This one looks to be done. Ugly finish here.
Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne all with 10-minute misconducts.
The glass is broken, so timeout to replace the glass and finish the game.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 1.
One minute to go in regulation here. Furious pace in the Red Wings' end left some Red Wings out of gas, but the Red Wings returned the favor with pressure as Henrik Zetterberg just missed making the game 3-1, while on a two-on-one with Valtteri Filppula.
Octopus on the ice here in Anaheim.
A bunch of Red Wings' fans celebrating the octopus' presence on the ice.
Anaheim gets their third power play of the game here, as the Red Wings are assessed a tripping penalty with under six minutes to go in regulation.
Franzen goes into the box for two minutes or less.
Needless to say, this is a huge opportunity to get back in the game for Anaheim.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 1.
Lots of offensive-zone time here for Anaheim. Not too many shots for the Ducks, as they are being held to the outside of the ice.
Shots overall are now 29-20.
Emerson Etem hits the goal post.
Second time the Ducks have hit the goal post tonight.
Still 2-1 Detroit. For the moment anyway.
It wouldn't be a stretch to see the Red Wings blowing this lead and losing in regulation.
Not only have the Red Wings lost a substantial amount of games this season after being up by two goals, they have also not really generated any real scoring chances that hit the net, as they had just five shots on goal in the second period.
While this might not seem like the biggest deal in the world, this is a one-goal game.
It is anyone's game.
Getzlaf scores a power-play goal for the Ducks.
Howard finally cracks as Getzlaf muscles his way past a diving Red Wings player and Getzlaf ends Howard's shutout bid.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 1.
And that power play has been wiped out as Danny Cleary goes to the box for interference.
Both Cleary's call and Beleskey's call could have been let go, but this is the "new NHL."
Teams skate four aside for the next minute or so.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 0.
Anaheim's lack of goals has translated into frustration which has translated into another Matt Beleskey roughing penalty.
Red Wings go to their fourth power play of the night.
Jimmy Howard refuses to move, refuses to give up a goal and continues to keep the Red Wings in the lead.
Howard stops Kyle Palmieri from in close and scoops up the rebound while "spread-eagle" on his stomach.
Unbelievable, this guy.
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard keeping his team in this game.
The Red Wings didn't score on their second power play, with hardly any time in the offensive zone to speak of on the last man-advantage.
Howard, who has 18 saves and counting, has not allowed a goal yet. If the Red Wings keep giving up scoring chances in the way that they have thus far, Jimmy Howard is bound to give up at least a couple of goals in this one.
Detroit goes back to the power play as Toni Lydman interferes with Pavel Datsyuk.
Detroit has scored once already tonight and sends out their second unit (the one that scored earlier) to start the power play.
Have to laugh at the Ducks fans in attendance here tonight. The only time they've been making noise this period is when Red Wings' fans start the "let's go Red Wings" chants.
Even then, the Ducks fans only "boo" the Red Wings' fans.
Despite Anaheim having the pressure on Detroit, it still sounds pretty quiet at the Honda Center.
Detroit 2, Anaheim 0. Second period.
A couple of icings here as the Ducks and Red Wings alternate icings.
Red Wings running around a bit in their own zone. The Ducks have taken the shot advantage for the game at 16-11 and have dominated the game since the Red Wings' second goal.
Red Wings and Ducks starting the second period now.
Brian Lashoff back on the Red Wings' bench after getting hit in the face with the puck in the first period.
Keep an eye on Corey Perry's leg as it "bowed" in a weird way in the first period and he went down awkwardly.
As the first period ends, the Ducks have to be frustrated with the outcome of their efforts in the first period.
The Ducks generated some "grade-A" scoring chances in the first period.
There were probably five or six high-quality scoring chances for the Ducks.
But the difference in the period was that Detroit had some huge saves from goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings also were tenacious on the penalty kill and were able to get some clears on the penalty kill as opposed to Anaheim's lack of clearing the puck on the penalty kill.
Detroit Red Wings 2, Anaheim Ducks 0. First intermission.
Interesting to note here tonight, Red Wings' Damien Brunner is a healthy scratch tonight as head coach Mike Babcock opted to go with a bigger lineup tonight against the Ducks.
So far, one has to say it has worked.
Strange though because Brunner has 21 points in 27 games played this season.
That takes some confidence to bench a player with that kind of talent offensively.
Detroit's power play fails to click and Anaheim takes advantage with a substantial amount of pressure on Jimmy Howard.
Shots are now 11-10 for the Red Wings.
Anaheim's Matt Beleskey has seven penalty minutes tonight as he takes another penalty for hooking Johan Franzen. Interestingly enough, the Red Wings could have been called for a holding penalty just seconds before that call was made.
Red Wings could take a three-goal lead before the end of the first period with a goal here.
Anaheim with a weird power play formation. One defenseman in the slot and one defenseman in the middle of the blue line. It costs them on an off-side call as Sheldon Souray (the defenseman on the blue line) is unable to keep the puck in the zone.
Red Wings kill the penalty, but ice the puck right after Kindl gets out of the box.
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