Teemu Selanne skated onto an open patch of ice in the left faceoff circle with the Ducks on a power play in the opening moments of the third period of a deadlocked Game 1 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday.

Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy hit Selanne with a flawless pass and a nanosecond later the puck hit the back of the net. A sellout crowd of 17,200 orange-and-black clad fans at the Honda Center roared their approval after a vintage goal from the future Hall of Fame right wing.

The 42-year-old Selanne's 42 nd career playoff goal propelled the Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Thursday night at the Honda Center, and the Red Wings must find a way to better contain the ageless Finn.

Selanne's goal, which broke a 1-all tie one minute, 29 seconds into the final period, was his 10 th in 22 career playoff games against Detroit.

"This is the best time for the hockey player," Selanne said, smiling broadly after the game. "Every shift, every goal matters That's what it's so special. If you can't get high for the playoffs and get excited about the playoffs, you're in the wrong place."

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from Nick Bonino at 10:24 of the first period, a deflection of Cam Fowler's perimeter shot. The Red Wings countered with a goal from Daniel Cleary while on the man-advantage at 16:05 of the first.

The teams skated through a scoreless second period, but that didn't mean there was no excitement. The Ducks tested the Red Wings again and again, but had nothing to show for it. The Red Wings counter-punched repeatedly but couldn't break the deadlock either.

Jonas Hiller made 21 saves for the Ducks in his first playoff game since their Game 7 loss in a second-round series against Detroit in 2009. He could not play in the Ducks' first-round defeat to the Nashville Predators in 2011 after suffering a vertigo-like ailment at midseason.

The only puck that got past Hiller in Game 1 was a double-deflection that last struck Cleary, who had the series-winning goal in the closing minutes of the Red Wings' Game 7 victory over the Ducks in '09. Hiller was sharp from start to finish.

With the Red Wings' Jacob Kindl in the box for a delay of game penalty and with a fresh sheet of ice starting the third period, Selanne whistled a one-timer past Jimmy Howard to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Selanne later said he was determined to shoot as quickly as possible.

Howard simply couldn't react fast enough to prevent the go-ahead goal.

"When you start doing things too fancy, a lot of times it doesn't work," said Selanne, the Ducks' all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with 33 goals and 61 points. "Go shoot and hope for the best. When you have a passion for scoring goals, it doesn't matter how old you are."