The Ducks won their second straight regular season game in Detroit for the first time in franchise history with a dominant 5-2 performance. This game marked the return of Jakob Silfverberg, who started the night on a line with Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano. Jonas Hiller got the start with Frederik Andersen backing him up. Due to the team's extensive list of injuries, including injury to goaltender Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings started Jonas Gustavsson in net. The Red Wings began the game by winning the opening face-off and pressuring the Ducks early. Matt Beleskey nearly scored unassisted with a burst of speed in the neutral zone. The chance, however, turned into a quick transition play for Detroit. Tomas Jurco scored his first NHL goal for Detroit while taking advantage of a bad change from the Ducks. The Ducks woke up immediately and came back on the next shift to tie the game. Silfverberg stuck it to Detroit with a slam dunk goal off a pass that Francois Beauchemin shot wide off the end boards. Someone must have told Teemu Selanne that this was a playoff game because he was flying all over the ice. Selanne took down Gustavsson who ventured out behind his net and stepped too far toward Selanne. That play resulted in Winnik getting the loose puck to Bonino who made the score 2-1. The game became much more physical from here with hits in the neutral zone from both teams. A Red Wing slashing Penner's stick in half nearly resulted in a goal for Detroit. This is where the game got ugly. Kyle Quincy shoved Getzlaf into the boards head first. Getzlaf got up slowly and appeared to be cut. Quincy was given a five minute major and a game misconduct penalty, but Getzlaf was taken directly into the locker room. At this point I was as angry as the Ducks appeared to be. Expect a suspension to come from the wheel of justice department of player safety.
Ducks crush Red Wings 5-2
Anaheim Calling | Dec 18