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Ducks rally in third, edge Red Wings in shootout

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Honda Center took on the feel of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from years past when the Detroit Red Wings came to town Monday. A sellout crowd featured a typically-large turnout of Red Wings fans, and Teemu Selanne's presence seemingly helped turn the game for the Anaheim Ducks.

Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg scored and goalie John Gibson saved two of three attempts in the shootout to give the Anaheim a 4-3 win against Detroit to complete a comeback from 2-0 down in the third period.

Anaheim scored three goals in a 3:40 span of the third, a sequence that began right after Selanne, the Ducks' all-time leading scorer, was shown in attendance on the video board.

"I think we should get him in here every game, and just wait [for] the third to show up," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin joked. "Huge win for us, especially down 2-0 going into the third. We didn't quit. We kept going. They did a great job in the first two periods keeping us out [and] keeping shots down. We couldn't find a way to get it through and finally in the third we did and it paid off."

Perry scored five-hole on Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and Silfverberg scored his NHL-leading ninth shootout goal this season with a snap shot. Gibson denied Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar, who missed the net, to end the game. It was Gibson's first career shootout win for the Ducks (38-16-7), who are 26-0-7 in one-goal games.

"I thought it turned when we didn't panic getting down two [goals]," Andrew Cogliano said. "We've learned our lesson at times during the season where we've gone down 2- or 3-0, and for whatever reason we've lost our composure and taken more penalties and try to win the game in five minutes and we end up losing big, and I thought tonight we just stuck to the game plan."

Riley Sheahan tied it 3-3 for the Red Wings (33-14-11) when he converted a rush with Gustav Nyquist at 16:09 of the third. It swung the momentum after Anaheim erased a two-goal deficit with fewer than 11 minutes remaining on goals by Cogliano, Emerson Etem and Beauchemin.

Beauchemin shot a loose puck from the right side through traffic at 12:57 to give Anaheim a 3-2 lead. Cogliano whacked in Hampus Lindholm's rebound from the slot at 9:17, and Etem tapped the puck five-hole on Howard at 11:27.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau put center Ryan Getzlaf back with Perry to start the third, and they were on the ice for Beauchemin's goal.

"It worked," Boudreau said. "I mean, you're not going to expect them to get each three goals. You put them back together. I think they felt comfortable in the third."

Detroit was on its way to a big win in its first game without injured leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg. Datsyuk scored his 20th and 21st goals in a 1:56 span of the second and Howard looked solid until Anaheim put Detroit under duress in the third after it chased most of the game shorthanded.

"We've got to be able to keep our composure a little bit better than that," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "But in saying that, I thought we did a good job of finding a way to get back again. All in all, I thought we played a pretty good game. For 45 minutes, 50 minutes, I thought it was a real good game for us."

Datsyuk executed a delayed backhand past Gibson on a power play at 6:50 of the second. Datsyuk freely skated alone to the front of the net and took a pass from Justin Abdelkader seconds into Patrick Maroon's holding penalty.

Datsyuk's first goal was just as impressive. He grabbed Clayton Stoner's clearing attempt and beat Gibson high with a snap shot inside the right post at 3:54. The goal clinched Datsyuk's eighth 20-goal season, and his two goals tied him with Slava Kozlov for fifth on the all-time Russian points list at 853.

"[Pavel] is [Pavel]," Kronwall said. "He's the magic man for a reason. He does things out there with the puck that no one else can do. Of course I'm extremely happy that he's on our team and not on another team."

The Ducks were out-shot 11-1 in the first 13-plus minutes of the second period, when they gave the Red Wings' top-ranked power play their third and fourth opportunities.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock liked the game overall. The Red Wings have earned five of six points on the first three games of a six-game trip.

"I thought we controlled the game," Babcock said. "The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it, but I thought our team played good and played hard. Our kids were good."

Anaheim center Nate Thompson left the game because of a lower-body injury. Boudreau said he is day-to-day.

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