NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Detroit
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Anaheim 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg notched his fourth career hat trick and finished with five points, as Detroit logged a 7-4 final against Anaheim at Joe Louis Arena.
"I had a lot of good chances tonight, I think at least five in the first period," said Zetterberg. "I just had to keep going, plugging away. It's just nice to find the net this often."
Dan Cleary scored and added two assists, while Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who claimed a third consecutive victory and won for the sixth time in their last seven.
Jimmy Howard, continuing to fill in for a flu-stricken Chris Osgood, faced 23 shots and gave up four goals. Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm also found the back of the net.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf put together a four-point night with a goal and three assists, extending his streak of games with an assist to 10 to further a team record.
Corey Perry posted a goal and an assist, extending a points streak to 11 straight games alongside Getzlaf. The teammates are both riding the league's longest current point streaks.
Bobby Ryan and Joffrey Lupul also scored while Jonas Hiller gave up six goals on 36 shots for the Ducks, who were dealt their third straight loss.
The game was tied at three approaching the midway point of the third period until Zetterberg netted his first 9:10 in. Getzlaf's power-play tally tied it back up with only 5:33 left in regulation.
Zetterberg came right back with a blast past Hiller for his second of the night only 1:02 later for a 5-4 lead. Helm made it a two-goal affair with 2:15 to play before Zetterberg helped seal the win on an empty-net goal just before the horn.
"I thought we did a lot of things well to give ourselves a chance in the hockey game," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "Again, we gave up too many. We had enough defensive miscues and there was a couple goals that shouldn't have gone in the net."
Cleary and Rafalski got things started with a pair of first-period, power-play goals. Perry put the Ducks on the board 8:12 into the second, taking advantage of a Jonathan Ericsson giveaway at the Detroit net.
Ryan's eighth goal of the season -- a power-play marker -- tied the game 3:47 into the third, but the Red Wings were quickly awarded an extra skater and Datsyuk took advantage to give the Wings a 3-2 edge at 5:17.
The back-and-forth contest continued just 1:09 later on Lupul's score that evened the tilt at three.
The Red Wings moved to 2-0 on a four-game homestand with games against Dallas and Florida still to come...Anaheim is winless so far on a four-game road trip (0-2-1) that ends Monday in Pittsburgh....Prior to tonight's game, the Red Wings honored captain Nicklas Lidstrom for recording his 1,000th career point on October 15 against Los Angeles. The six-time Norris Trophy winner is the eighth defenseman in league history to reach the milestone...Ducks center Saku Koivu missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury...Detroit won three out of four in last year's season series...Detroit was 3-for-6 on the power play, while Anaheim ended 2-for-4.
11/14 23:44:57 ET