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Ducks top Red Wings 5-4 in OT

by John Kreiser
The calendar hasn't even reached Halloween, but someone forgot to tell the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The way they played on Wednesday night, you'd have thought it was May, not October.

The Ducks rallied from a 3-1 deficit, couldn't hold a late 4-3 lead, then got a controversial winning goal by Francois Beauchemin 1:39 into overtime for a 5-4 victory in a meeting between the last two Stanley Cup champions.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Ducks, who came home after completing a 4-0 road trip with a victory at Columbus on Monday. The Wings, now 7-1-2, lost for the first time in six road games.

"It was a great game," Wings coach Mike Babcock said of a contest that featured playoff-like intensity three weeks into the season. "They're a good team. We're a good team. We worked hard to get one point."

Teemu Selanne had his 21st NHL hat trick and Ryan Getzlaf added five assists. The last came when he drove to the net in OT and had his shot stopped by goaltender Chris Osgood. The puck popped into the air, and both Beauchemin and Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski swatted at it. Beauchemin's stick appeared to make contact with the puck right around the level of the crossbar and knocked it into the net. The play was called a goal on the ice and allowed to stand after a video review.

"I didn't think it was that close when I tipped it," said Beauchemin, who admitted on the Ducks' post-game show that it looked a lot closer when he watched the replay. "Getz made a nice play coming off the defenseman and trying to jam it in.

"It was just instinct. The puck was right there. I just tried to tap it in. You don't wait for it to come lower then the crossbar. You just hit it and hope it's good."

It was a career night for Getzlaf, who credited his five assists to his linemate.

"Teemu had a hot stick," he said. "Everything he touched was going in."

Selanne scored the Ducks' first three goals, all on the power play. He connected during a 5-on-3 advantage at 19:09 of the second period and tied the game during a one-man advantage at 4:50 of the third. His first goal also came during a 5-on-3 power play in the first period.

"We got in a lot of penalty trouble," Babcock said. "It helped them to get two 5-on-3 goals. We can't do things that put the club down 5-on-3.

"We can't complain — we had a 5-on-3 late and we didn't do anything with it. They won the faceoff and got it all the way down

The three goals doubled Selanne's season total. The hat trick was his 12th as a Duck, and his 558 career goals moved him past Johnny Bucyk into 21st place on the NHL career list.

"Early in the season, myself and my teammates weren't scoring," Selanne said. "It's good to see the puck start to bounce your way."

Selanne also credited Getzlaf for his big night.

"It's great to play with players who see the game so well," he said. "One day, Getz is going to be the best player in the League.

The Ducks got three power-play goals after scoring just five in their first 10 games.

"The power play turned its fortunes around on the road trip," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "In tonight's game it was huge for our hockey club and it gave us a chance. We know the personnel that we have and the people that are out on the power play, if you give them enough chances they are going to score some goals."


Brian Sutherby gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead with 7:04 left in regulation. The Red Wings pulled even with 1:23 remaining when Dan Cleary beat Beauchemin to a dump-in and fed a pass to Henrik Zetterberg, who beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season.

After Pavel Datsyuk and Selanne scored in the first period, the Wings appeared to take control early in the second. Datsyuk put Detroit ahead at 7:53 and Zetterberg added a power-play goal at 16:26. Both came on deflections, and Giguere slammed his stick on the ice after Zetterberg got his stick on Jiri Hudler's pass to make it 3-1.

But Selanne and the Ducks got a good bounce when his pass for Scott Niedermayer hit Andres Lilja's skate and deflected past Chris Osgood, who had no chance.

That goal appeared to rev up the Ducks, who came out flying in the third period and tied it when Selanne one-timed Chris Pronger's pass behind Osgood.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Wings, who visit Pacific Division-leading San Jose on Thursday. The Sharks, coached by former Wings assistant Todd McLellan, are 8-2-0 — the best 10-game start in team history.

"We'll be facing a hungry, rested San Jose team," Babcock said. "We'll have to get skating right off the hop."

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