DETROIT — Ten power plays was just the right amount the Red
Wings needed to pull out a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Detroit scored three
power play goals including Todd Bertuzzi’s game-winner 1:07 into the overtime
“Once again we’re battling back from behind, and we’ll fix
it,” Bertuzzi said. “But to get those two points is pretty big.”
Betuzzi’s goal was his second of the night, the first tying
the contest with 10:24 remaining in the game as banked a shot off the pad of
Jean-Sebastian Giguere. Bertuzzi then won the contest with rising shot over
Giguere’s left shoulder from just below the circles.
Detroit also relied heavily on their penalty kill in the
win, stopping the Ducks on all four chances in the game.
Even though they blew a two-goal lead Anaheim still had some
positives to take from the loss as the second line of Dan Sexton, Bobby Ryan
and Saku Koivu continued to produce.
Sexton, in particular, has impressed as of late playing in
just his fourth NHL game he scored a goal and recorded his first career assist
both in the second period giving the Ducks a temporary 2-0 lead.
The rookie had scored two third period goals in the Ducks
last game, helping them dig out of a 3-1 deficit and pull out a 4-3 overtime
win against the Dallas Stars Wednesday night.
First he recorded his first NHL assist 8:05 into the second
period as he found line mate Saku Koivu wide open in front of the net. Then
just under 11 minutes later he added a goal as his bad angle shot from the
right side snuck between Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and the post.
Despite the two-point night, Sexton was still disappointed
his team didn’t get the win.
“Team comes first and it’s definitely disappointing, no
matter how many point you get that you don’t get the win,” Sexton said.
One of the biggest problems for the Ducks during their
current nine-game road-losing streak has been the fact they’ve been able to get
consistent scoring from any line but the Sexton-Koivu-Ryan line.
“Tonight in the situation we were in, we didn’t get much
from the side of offense from anyone else,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
“Even offensive zone time, not a lot of it.”
It was solely due to a lack of effort for Carlyle’s team, as
they had multiple chances to take control of the game early in the contest.
First with 2:58 remaining in the period Sexton attempted a
wrap-around after Howard had fallen near the right post, but the rookie was
denied his third career point by the stick of Brian Rafalski. About a minute later the red light behind Howard did go off,
as it appeared George Parros had scored his second goal of the season after
colliding with the Detroit goalie. However, the puck never crossed the goal
line as it was cleared away by Jonathon Ericsson of off the goal line.
“Howie [Howard] is battling and big Johnny Ericsson made a
big play there to keep it out. We got a little desperation and you know it’s a
break for us,” Detroit’s Kris Draper said.
Following the no-goal call by the officials the Redwings
wouldn’t catch another break until the third period when Tomas Holmstrom cut
the Duck lead in half with a powerplay goal, setting up the chance for
Bertuzzi’s late game heroics.
With the win Detroit improved to 15-11-5 on the season,
while Anaheim dropped to 11-14-6.