One of these years there might be such a thing as a nice, clean Ducks-Detroit game with few penalties.

Maybe by then the Ducks will discover what it's like to play the Red Wings without watching much of the game from the penalty box.

That might be exaggerating things, but the Ducks seemingly broke new ground by giving Detroit nine power plays Wednesday night yet emerging with a 2-1 overtime victory in front of a boisterous 15,098 at Honda Center.

Bobby Ryan scored on a penalty shot at 2:50 of overtime, but the Ducks special teams helped them grab two points to pull one point from a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Ducks killed five power plays in the first 25 minutes, a five-on-three in the first period and a four-on-three in overtime as goalie Dan Ellis made 28 saves.