ANAHEIM -- The Detroit Red Wings have made their way through some real adversity and are now reaping the benefits of those lessons.
The Anaheim Ducks scored two goals in the first minute of the second period and after the Wings challenged the second one for goaltender interference, they found themselves down a man.
But these Wings are different from the ones who were struggling a couple of weeks ago.
Those Wings might have allowed a power-play goal and gone down 3-0.
These Wings dug in, killed the penalty and earned their way back into the game, finally tying it with 36.4 seconds left on Dylan Larkin's power-play goal.
Dennis Cholowski's goal at 2:04 of overtime gave Detroit a 4-3 victory and extended its winning streak to a season-high three games.
The Red Wings improved to 7-12-1 while the Ducks fell to 9-8-2.
Filip Hronek, Andreas Athanasiou, Larkin (power play) and Cholowski (overtime winner) scored for the Wings.
Jakob Silfverberg, Josh Mahura and Michigan native Cam Fowler scored for the Ducks.
Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier (5-4-1), making his third consecutive start, had 24 saves.
Anaheim netminder Ryan Miller (3-0-2) made 32 stops.
Up next for the Wings is a well-deserved day off and then a Thursday evening tilt in Los Angeles against the Kings.
The Ducks will wrap up their seven-game homestand Thursday night when they welcome the San Jose Sharks, whom the Wings visit Saturday.
1. Dennis Cholowski: It was just a couple of weeks ago that Cholowski was a healthy scratch for two straight games while Joe Hicketts took his spot in the lineup. The Red Wings were looking for Cholowski to be more assertive all over the ice, being sound defensively while making his usual offensive contributions. With Patrik Nemeth out sick Tuesday, Cholowski was paired with Mike Green, another good skating offensive defenseman. In overtime, Cholowski was on the ice with Robby Fabbri and Larkin when Fabbri found him. Cholowski shot the puck from the right circle and beat Miller stick-side to give the Wings the overtime win. Cholowski finished with 29 shifts for a team-high 27:14, had four shots, two takeaways, two blocked shots and was plus-1.
Quotable: "It happened pretty fast. I hopped on the ice, saw a gap in the middle, Fabbs gave me a really good pass and their D-man was kind of back in their zone a little bit, so I figured why not go in and shoot it and it went in. So, there you go. It's great, it's good for our confidence, everyone is feeling good. The mood in the room is a lot better, so hopefully we can stay positive and keep this rolling." - Cholowski
Quotable II: "That was a huge goal. We gotta make something happen there, six-on-three. I think we had chances with the six-on-five and the five-on-four. You gotta score on that one. It was a huge goal. Dennis had a great game tonight and got rewarded with a huge goal. I thought that was one of his best games tonight, so good for him." - Larkin
2. Filip Hronek/Dylan Larkin: In the absence of Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has been forced to rely heavily on Hronek, who just turned 22. The highly competitive Hronek welcomes the additional ice time and responsibility. At 11:33 of the second period, Hronek fired a shot from his favorite spot, the left circle, and beat Miller for his fourth goal of the season. Madison Bowey and Tyler Bertuzzi picked up the assists. Bowey extended his point streak to three games, with a goal and two assists in that span. Hronek finished with 31 shifts for 24:29, had five shots, two hits, two giveaways, two blocked shots and was minus-1. As for Larkin, he is also incredibly competitive and is generally counted on to drive the action for his line and the team. So it was no surprise that he was the one to get the game-tying power-play goal at 19:23 of the third period. Larkin finished with 26 shifts for 22:20, had three shots, one hit, one giveaway, was 10-for-20 in face-offs and was plus-1.
Quotable: "I think we've been playing together. I think we've battled for each other. We've always worked hard, even in our stretch. We've always had hard-working guys and guys that care and have great character. I think we've put it all together the past three games and we have to keep going, we have to keep building. The effort was always there and you're seeing us get rewarded right now and it feels good for this group and for the guys playing hard every night." - Larkin
Quotable II: "I think first I thought we played way better in the third period and we were pressing the whole third, in a good way. We shot the puck way more, created more chaos because of the shooting. We spent more time in their end, we defended less, so it felt like were going to score at some point but you certainly never know until you find a way in the back of the net and good for us to be able to find a way to tie it." - Blashill
Quotable III: "(Hronek's) been playing great, he's producing points and being sound defensively, too. It's been fun to watch him grow and play well and I thought he had a great game tonight." - Cholowski
3. Andreas Athanasiou/Robby Fabbri: Athanasiou's struggles to start the season are well-documented, but the speedy forward has been heating up offensively of late. He recorded his first goal of the season on Nov. 4 against the Nashville Predators and then got one with the man-advantage in the win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. At 17:21 of the second period, Athanasiou went to the net and was able to redirect Valtteri Filppula's shot past Miller for his third tally of the season. Green got the second assist. That gives Athanasiou six points (3-3-6) in his last seven games. Although he didn't score late in the game, it was Athanasiou who forced both Brendan Guhle and Korbinian Holzer to take the late penalties which led to the game-tying power-play goal. Athanasiou finished with 21 shifts for 16:49, had a team-high six shots, three hits, one takeaway, was 1-for-1 in face-offs and was minus-1. It's safe to say that Fabbri has had an impressive start to his Red Wings career. In his first game, he scored twice on the power play. In his second, he recorded an assist on Anthony Mantha's game-winner. Against the Ducks, Fabbri assisted on the overtime winner. Fabbri finished with 22 shifts for 16:39, had one shot, one hit, one giveaway, was 0-for-2 in face-offs and was even.
Quotable: "(Athanasiou) was really engaged tonight, I thought he was really good tonight overall. I think he's been playing better hockey for sure. I also think he's scoring on his chances more. Early in the season, he had chances, he just wasn't scoring but he was having chances for sure. The better Double-A plays, the better hockey team we are." - Blashill
Quotable II: "(Fabbri's) been great. He's a playmaker. He gets the puck and it's going to someone with a purpose after he's got it. Adding a guy like that who can make plays and does it a lot, and he's a crafty guy, he's been an energy guy for us and a huge addition." - Larkin
Quotable III: "Fabbs has been a good addition. He's a good player. He's played hard for us. He's played a good two-way game. He's poised under pressure. I thought he did a good job on the three-on-three. I think he adds another real skilled element to our team and gives us - I thought that Filppula line was the best line throughout the night and he gives us another dangerous line." - Blashill