Then came a nightmare of a third period, as the Ducks scored three unanswered goals for a 5-2 win. It was the Ducks' first regular season win at Joe Louis Arena since February 10, 2008, and fourth since they entered the NHL in 1993.
"This is a tough building to play in," Anaheim winger Andrew Cogliano said, "We were tied going into the third period. We had good jump, got a couple of goals early and we were able to win."
A scoreless first period was a result of a goaltending duel between Jimmy Howard and Viktor Fasth. The Red Wings got on the board first when Joakim Andersson beat Fasth with a wrist shot at 3:01 of the second for his first career NHL goal.
The Ducks answered 26 seconds later after Matt Beleskey got the puck off of a faceoff win by Ryan Getzlaf. Belesky then fired a shot past Howard to tie the game.
Tomas Tatar scored his second of the year at 6:32 after he beat Fasth off of a rebound on a power play.
Not even a minute later, Ian White's stick broke while clearing a puck from behind the Red Wings' net. Beleskey easily intercepted, then dished to Corey Perry who snapped the puck past Howard at 7:37.
Turnovers by the Wings resulted in the next two goals for Anaheim. Cogliano picked off a pass by Niklas Kronwall, and passed to Saku Koivu, who sent a give-and-go back to Cogliano for a tip in at 1:02 of the third. White then turned the puck over to Teemu Selanne seconds later. Selanne then fed Bobby Ryan, who eventually knocked in a rebound at 1:50.
"The turnover on the set breakout — we had the D up ahead with a forward, and I don’t know why we did that," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, "and then near our bench there was [a turnover] as well.''
Cogliano added an empty netter at 18:11 to put the game out of reach.
Fasth made 26 saves for his seventh consecutive win. Howard finished with 32 saves.
"We gave them too many easy goals," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "The two goals in the third period, we should be able to treat the puck better. You can't give those up, they're too skilled when you get the 2-on-1s, 3-on-2. You see they're really good snipers and the puck's in the net."
NOTES: Pavel Datsyuk was a late scratch from the lineup with a bruised shoulder…Tatar and Andersson both assisted on each other's goals
- ANA Bobby Ryan (Goal)
- ANA Teemu Selanne (Assist)
- DET Tomas Tatar (goal, assist)