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Trending: Wings put up fight in loss to Ducks

Nyquist scores a goal in his third straight game

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

ANAHEIM -- The Detroit Red Wings gave the Anaheim Ducks a fight in every sense of the word.

But the Ducks were able to get the goals when they needed them for a 4-2 victory at Honda Center Friday night.

The Wings' losing skid has reached nine games (0-8-1).

The Wings fell to 26-34-11 overall and 13-20-3 on the road while the Ducks improved to 36-24-12 overall and 21-10-5 at home.

Mike Green and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit while Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler scored for Anaheim.

1. Fight Night at Honda Center: Remember how much the Wings and Ducks used to hate each other when the two team were Western Conference rivals? Apparently, some of that enmity still exists today. At 13:39 of the first period, Luke Witkowski battled Ritchie at center ice. Witkowski is known for fighting so that wasn't a huge surprise. But that was hardly the end of it. With about a minute remaining in the second period, Justin Abdelkader took on the player opponents love to hate, Perry. A mere 18 seconds later, Anthony Mantha took exception to Ryan Kesler's sitting on Dylan Larkin and fought him. Witkowski was on the ice at the end of the second and had words for Ritchie until Ritchie returned to the Anaheim bench.

Quotable: "Obviously, I had a big hit. I heard their whole bench yelling at me, I figured somebody would probably come at me. I thought it was a pretty even fight. He cut me open when he was on his back on the ice, that's why I was jawing at him when he was on his back because I was kind of cock-backed and could have hit him, but when a guy's down, I don't usually hit a guy." - Witkowski

Quotable II: "I think we did a good tonight sticking up for each other, sticking up for our teammates. Yeah, I think it can bring us closer as a team for sure. You like to see that, especially a team like Anaheim. Sometimes they try to mix it up and bully your around I guess is the word you'd use. They're a good team. They're big and strong. They're a playoff team that plays big and heavy. They make it tough on you and when they get in your zone they make it real hard, cycling and hanging on to pucks." - Abdelkader

Quotable III: "It's hard to lose. When you're one behind and two behind, you try to get things going. I think Witter's fight was from a big hit he gave in the first period. After that, Abby was just a good fight. Kesler was going after Larks there at center ice, so I felt I had to step up." - Mantha

2. Gustav Nyquist: Last year Nyquist was the assist man, but this year he's more about the goals. Seconds after the Wings' power play expired, Nyquist went to the net along with Abdelkader and put the puck in at 7:10 of the second period. It was Nyquist's third straight game with a goal and he has 3-1-4 in that span. Abdelkader and captain Henrik Zetterberg assisted on the goal. Nyquist finished with four shots and was plus-1.

Quotable: "Nyquie's played hard all year. I think Nyquie's been excellent all year. If there's one guy I think's been a little bit snakebitten and I think if you give him the same chances a year from now and he could score more it's Nyquist. His competitive level has been unreal. It's been the best of the three years I've been here, maybe the best since I've coached him. The fact he's on a roll here doesn't surprise me, because he's been playing really good hockey all season." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

3. Mike Green: It was a rather eventful first period for Green. Just 28 seconds into the game, he was called for high-sticking Corey Perry, a penalty his teammates killed. At 17:14, Green found himself alone in the left circle where an alert Larkin fed him the puck. Green went to one knee and put the puck into the empty net before Ducks goaltender John Gibson could slide back over to make the stop. It was Green's eighth goal of the season. In 12 career games against the Ducks, Green has two goals and six assists. Danny DeKeyser got the second assist. Larkin now has two goals and two assists in six games against Anaheim. Green finished with a team-high five shots.

Quotable: "We need to figure out something real quick. It's embarrassing to lose that much. We need to start playing a good game, start playing and having pride in playing. That's the key." - Mantha

Quotable II: "There's lots of frustration. There's no question about it. We wouldn't be athletes, we wouldn't be in this business if we weren't frustrated. But what you have to do is wake up the next day. It's a new day and you have to learn from your mistakes. You can let the frustration burn inside you a little but, but you can't let it cloud you. You have to find a way to get ready and try to win the next hockey game. Our guys have done a good job of that and I expect them to continue." - Blashill

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