DETROIT -- It appeared to the 18,209 paying customers at Little Caesars Arena that the Red Wings had taken a 2-1 lead at 8:06 of the third period when Dylan Larkin picked the top corner, beating Anaheim goalie John Gibson.
But Ducks coach Dallas Eakins challenged the goal and replay showed Anthony Mantha was ever so slightly offside and the goal was wiped off the board.
Anaheim seized the moment and took control of the game, scoring two goals 47 seconds apart to hand the Red Wings their first defeat of the season, 3-1, Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit came out of the gate strong, outshooting the Ducks 11-7 in the first period and though the game was scoreless after one, the Wings seemed to have control.
Filip Hronek gave the Wings a 1-0 lead at 19:55 of the second on a blistering shot, but sloppy play and the disallowed goal caught up with Detroit.
The Wings had an abundance of turnovers which switched momentum to the Ducks, who scored three goals in the third to secure the win.
Rickard Rakell, Nick Ritchie, and Jakob Silfverberg were Anaheim's goal scorers, each notching their first goals of the year.
Gibson registered his third win of the season, turning aside 31 of Detroit's 32 shots for a save percentage of .969.
Jimmy Howard took the loss, allowing three goals on 29 shots for a save percentage of .897.
The Wings' loss snapped a three-game home winning streak versus the Ducks. Detroit (2-1-0) will next play Thursday night at Montreal in the Canadiens home opener.
Anaheim (3-0-0) will also see its next action on Thursday when it takes on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
1. Filip Hronek: There are a couple of old sayings that applied to Hronek late in the second period. First, if you don't succeed, try, try again. With Andreas Athanasiou buzzing in the offensive zone, Hronek went to his favorite shooting spot in the left circle. At 19:26, Hronek's shot hit the post. The puck remained in the zone and once again, Hronek took the shot, hitting the crossbar at 19:48. But at 19:55, Athanasiou dished it back to Hronek, who finally hit the net for the first goal of the game and his first goal of the season. Thus the second adage, the third time's a charm. It was the only puck to get past Gibson into the net. Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin recorded the assists. Gibson has allowed just one goal in each of his first three games, all victories. Hronek now has three points in his last two games. Hronek finished with 25 shifts for 22:58, had a team-high five shots, three hits, one giveaway and was even.
Quotable: "He's a dangerous player. His speed, I think every team needs to watch and they do watch it. You notice it frees up our line a little bit. It just adds a whole different dimension to our team. When he's flying and he's playing, and we have two dangerous lines, and then we get depth scoring from our other two lines. We're a dangerous team when he's in the lineup." -- Larkin on Athanasiou
Quotable II: "(Luke Glendening) scored in Nash(ville). We definitely need more depth of scoring though. You put Doubles (Athanasiou) back in, you're hoping that gives you some more depth of scoring. I think we all in here know that he can score so that gives you a line that at the very least you're looking somewhere between 20 and 30 goals for Doubles. You feel confident in saying that. Glenny's been able to score. Other than that, we're going to have to score with the way we had lots in the first. That's a good goalie over there, so lots of rebounds, lots of tips, lots of things like that. Be as hard as you can be at the net." -- Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Disallowed goal: At 8:06 of the third period, the Red Wings' top line appeared to give the team back the lead. Mantha entered the zone, passed the puck to Tyler Bertuzzi, who skated around a defender and then sent it to Larkin, who finished from the left circle. But the Ducks challenged that the goal was offside and the review showed that to be the case. A little over a minute later, Ritchie found a loose puck and put it past Howard. Then, 47 seconds after that, Silfverberg came off the bench and made it 3-1. So in less than two minutes, the Wings went from a 2-1 lead to a 3-1 deficit. Although they pulled the goalie for an extra attacker at 17:06 and had a few chances, they never regained their lost momentum.
Quotable: "I don't think our response was good enough. I think the message should be no matter what, we go out there and the next shift, we should be back in the O-zone and back on the forecheck and that didn't happen. There wasn't deflation but we all knew that it would've been a big goal and I think there was more deflation after the two quick ones from them." -- Larkin
Quotable II: "That's the turning point for sure. It's one of those calls that unfortunately doesn't go your way. It's a different game if we get that second goal. I thought after the first period we just didn't play well enough to sustain play like we did in the first, staying on pucks, getting pucks to the net. We took a few penalties that and that got us on our heels a little bit. It was not good enough for 60." -- Justin Abdelkader
Quotable III: "It only switches if you let it, and we let it by allowing them to score, by having bad shifts after that. Go play, put it in their end and go play. It's crazy. Again, we can't beat ourselves as a hockey team." -- Blashill
3. Turnovers: Giveaways are never what you want, especially in your own zone. After a solid first period in which the Red Wings carried the play and spent most of the time in the offensive zone, they slipped in the second and third. On Anaheim's go-ahead goal, Bertuzzi had a chance to get the puck out of the zone but tried to make a play, which ended up as a turnover that led to the Rakell goal. The Wings finished with 12 giveaways to the Ducks' five.
Quotable: "Turnover in the second period. We had carried the play the first period, had the better chances by far, created tons of turnovers, pounded the puck in the O-zone and then second period we're skating up the wall, we try to make a backhand pass to a guy that was covered, we turn it over, next thing you know we kill a couple penalties and we're on heel for most of that period until the end, and then we get a few good shifts at the end and we score a goal and we should be back at it, just put pucks behind them and go play in their zone, instead we just turn tons of pucks over. That's what cost us. We beat ourselves. Like I talked about, don't beat yourselves, we beat ourselves 100 percent tonight. That's not to take anything away from them. They hung in there and kept playing, but we beat ourselves for sure." -- Blashill
Quotable II: "We got off to a good start again tonight and in the second period, we took out foot off the gas a little bit, we took a couple of penalties and gave them a little bit of life, but the game was right there for the taking heading into the third." -- Howard