This time, Pavel Datsyuk stayed more in character.
Fifteen days after getting into a fight during Detroit's season-opening 4-0 victory against Anaheim, Datsyuk scored the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday night to give the Red Wings a 5-4 victory against the Ducks.
Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and two assists for the Red Wings, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period. But after Detroit pressured the Ducks for much of the last few minutes, Datsyuk grabbed a loose puck in the right circle and beat goalie Curtis McElhinney with a high shot that caught the far corner.
"He dominated out there," Zetterberg said of Datsyuk. "When he makes his moves, it's tough for the other team to defend against."
Datsyuk said there was no extra motivation stemming from his altercation in the previous meeting with the Ducks.
"It's another game," he said. "We just want to win."
The Ducks entered the game averaging 24:30 in penalties, and they were whistled for three minors in the first 9:19. They were fortunate to escape the first period with a 1-1 tie after being outshot 14-6.
Anaheim's Teemu Selanne was slow to get up when Detroit's Niklas Kronwall appeared to catch him in the head with his shoulder.
"That guy is dangerous out there," Selanne said. "One of these days somebody's going to get him, for sure. I know that. It's just a matter of time when. For sure his elbow hit in my face. I didn't see the replay but I know how it felt."
Selanne nearly had the last laugh when he scored to put the Ducks ahead 4-3 with 11:28 remaining. Selanne's goal was his 610th, tying Bobby Hull for 15th on the all-time list, but the lead didn't hold up -- Zetterberg got the Wings even on a deflection from the slot with 8:43 left.
McElhinney made 36 saves. He stopped 40 shots in his first start of the season for Anaheim, a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.
"He played good for us, he made some stops," coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's two good games in a row. You think we could get more than one power play in this building?"
Ryan Carter and Danny Syvret scored 34 seconds apart in the second to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead. Syvret's shot was ruled a goal after it hit the right post and ricocheted toward the upper-left corner and survived a video replay.
Johan Franzen made in 3-2 at 10:23, jamming the puck home after twice being denied by McElhinney's left leg. Tomas Holmstrom then tied it with a nifty deflection from high in the slot on Brad Stuart's shot from the blue line.
Zetterberg opened the scoring in the first on his team's second power play, slapping a shot past McElhinney from the top of the circle. Bobby Ryan tied it for Anaheim with 22 seconds left in the period.
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|PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (2) Slapshot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (5), Tomas Holmstrom (2)|
1 - 0 DET
|Bobby Ryan (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (8), Lubomir Visnovsky (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Ryan Carter (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Marchant (1), Lubomir Visnovsky (5)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Danny Syvret (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Bobby Ryan (5), Troy Bodie (1)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Johan Franzen (5) Tip-in - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (7), Valtteri Filppula (4)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Tomas Holmstrom (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Stuart (3), Henrik Zetterberg (6)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Teemu Selanne (4) Snap shot - ASST: NONE|
4 - 3 ANA
|Henrik Zetterberg (3) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Stuart (4), Nicklas Lidstrom (6)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Pavel Datsyuk (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (7), Henrik Zetterberg (7)|
5 - 4 DET
|Lubomir Visnovsky Interference against Daniel Cleary|
|Corey Perry Interference against Johan Franzen|
|Saku Koivu Tripping against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Darren Helm Hooking against Todd Marchant|