The Anaheim Ducks are playing so well they've even figured out how to win at Joe Louis Arena.
Andrew Cogliano scored the tie-breaking goal 1:02 into the third period, and Bobby Ryan added another 48 seconds later as the Ducks continued their hot start by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 Friday night.
Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:49 remaining to assure Anaheim of its first victory in Detroit in five years -- the Ducks' previous win at the Joe was on Feb. 10, 2008. This was the fourth victory in 37 visits to Detroit since Anaheim entered the NHL in 1993.
"This is a tough building to play in," said Cogliano, who has four goals in his past three games. "We were tied going into the third period. We had good jump, got a couple of goals early and we were able to win."
Viktor Fasth stopped 26 shots to improve to 7-0-0. The 30-year-old Swedish newcomer is the first goaltender since Dan Ellis from 2004-07 to win his first seven career starts. Because of his age, Fasth is not eligible for the Calder Trophy, giving to the NHL's top rookie.
"He's been our most valuable player," Ryan said. "He has come in and given us a chance to win every game. He's a true professional."
"We've played that consistent game throughout the road trip. We've played that consistent brand of hockey, and I think that led to where we are at the end of the road trip," said Ryan, who has five goals and 12 points in his past 10 games.
The Red Wings, already battered by injuries, played without star center Pavel Datsyuk, who missed the game with what coach Mike Babcock later called a sore shoulder.
Detroit's injury problems didn't diminish Anaheim's pleasure at winning in a building where they've struggled throughout their history.
"They're a depleted team, so you can't overlook that," Ryan said. "It's just one of those buildings that sucks the life out of you. It's hard to get ready and the whole building is hot -- you're falling asleep before the game sometimes."
After each team scored twice in the second period, the Ducks took command with two quick goals in the third, both set up by Red Wings turnovers.
Cogliano picked off a pass by Niklas Kronwall in the neutral zone, raced over the Detroit blue line, fed Saku Koivu and headed for the front of the net, where he tipped a return feed from Koivu past Jimmy Howard for his third of the season.
"He made a nice play and I was able to redirect it in," Cogliano said.
Ryan made it 4-2 when he hammered his own rebound past Howard from the left circle for his fifth after Ian White's turnover led to a 2-on-1 break.
"The turnover on the set breakout -- we had the D up ahead with a forward, and I don’t know why we did that," Babcock said, "and then near our bench there was [a turnover] as well.''
"We gave them too many easy goals," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "The two goals in the third period, we should be able to treat the puck better. You can't give those up, they're too skilled when you get the 2-on-1s, 3-on-2. You see they're really good snipers and the puck's in the net."
Zetterberg also said he noticed some differences between this Anaheim team and those of recent years.
"I think they're a little quicker," he said. "They've always had that top line with [Ryan] Getzlaf and [Corey] Perry, but they have four lines playing well now. Viktor Fasth in net is playing well for them as well.
"They have it going right now."
After a scoreless first period, Detroit scored twice in the first half of the second, only to have Anaheim answer each time.
Andersson scored his first NHL goal at 3:01, snapping a pass from Jakub Kindl past Fasth from below the right faceoff dot. But 26 seconds later, two Red Wings went to Ryan Getzlaf after a faceoff, leaving Beleskey alone in the slot to take Getzlaf's pass for a one-timer from between the hash marks that beat Howard cleanly.
Tatar scored the second of his career at 6:32, picking up a power-play rebound in the slot, stepping to his left to get out of traffic and wristing the puck into the open left side. But Anaheim got even 1:05 later after White's stick broke as he tried to clear the puck in the left corner. Beleskey grabbed the puck and found Corey Perry in the slot; Perry outwaited Howard and snapped home his second goal of the season, his first in 13 games.
Howard preserved the tie with 90 seconds left when he denied Ryan from close in and gloved Luca Sbisa's point blast through traffic. Detroit's Damien Brunner then snuck past the defense and came in alone on Fasth, only to fire wide.
Anaheim dominated most of the scoreless first period, outshooting Detroit 14-6 and keeping Howard busy. But the Red Wings forced Fasth to make the best stop of the period; he foiled White, who had snuck down from the blue line to the slot, with 47 seconds left in the period. On the return rush, Anaheim's Peter Holland was wide-open in the slot only to have the puck bounce over his stick.
Material from team media was used in this report
|Joakim Andersson (1) ASST: Jakub Kindl (2), Tomas Tatar (2)|
1 - 0 DET
|Matt Beleskey (2) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Tomas Tatar (2) ASST: Damien Brunner (4), Joakim Andersson (1)|
2 - 1 DET
|Corey Perry (2) ASST: Matt Beleskey (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Andrew Cogliano (3) ASST: Saku Koivu (10)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Bobby Ryan (5) ASST: Teemu Selanne (11)|
4 - 2 ANA
|EN - Andrew Cogliano (4) ASST: Corey Perry (6), Ryan Getzlaf (8)|
5 - 2 ANA
|Sheldon Souray Interference against Jordin Tootoo|
|Andrew Cogliano Tripping against Cory Emmerton|
|Damien Brunner Holding against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Peter Holland Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sheldon Souray Cross checking against Justin Abdelkader|
|Jordin Tootoo Slashing against Luca Sbisa|
|Kyle Quincey Interference against Corey Perry|