NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Anaheim
(Sunday, January 7th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Detroit 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at the Honda Center.
Sean O'Donnell picked up a pair of assists, and Travis Moen, Bjorn Melin, Ryan Getzlaf and Rob Niedermayer tallied goals for the Ducks, who snapped a four- game losing skid and picked up their first win of 2007.
"It was really important to give us our confidence back," said Bryzgalov. "Last game was like a bad dream. We know how we can play and fight and win the game. It was a really good game. I feel really confident and the guys play well in front of me. Now the team is back on track again."
Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom scored for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight by a combined score of 17-8 with two games left on their five-game road trip.
Dominik Hasek took the loss despite stopping 23-of-26 shots.
"Sometimes you play hard and the bounces don't go your way," said Hasek. "The first two goals were deflections from my teammates and those were tough goals, but we played hard for 60 minutes."
After a scoreless first period, Moen gave the home club a 1-0 lead, scoring on a long wrister from the right wing 1:15 into the second. Facing a one-on-one in the Detroit zone, the rugged winger's shot from the bottom of the right circle hit a rut on the ice, turned on edge and bounced through Hasek's five-hole.
Samuelsson got the Red Wings even on the power-play, stuffing home a shot that kicked off the end boards past a diving Bryzgalov at 3:18.
Anaheim gained a 2-1 lead at 10:36 when Melin's slot pass intended for Andy McDonald on the left wing tipped off the stick of a Red Wings defenseman and sailed over Hasek. Sunday marked Melin's NHL debut.
Getzlaf made it 3-1 on a blistering 40-foot slapper that hit the net just inside the far post a little over two minutes later.
On a delayed penalty call while already playing with a man-advantage, Detroit got within 3-2 at 2:14 of the third, when a review determined Holmstrom did not use a kicking motion to redirect Zetterberg's shot into the net.
Detroit did not score with the ensuing power play, thanks to some acrobatics by Anaheim's netminder and expert shot blocking by the Ducks' penalty killers.
Bryzgalov then made a pair of spectacular saves in the final 90 seconds to prevent the Red Wings from tying the game, and Niedermayer hit the clincher into an empty net with 4.1 seconds to go.
Anaheim improved to 16-3-4 at home this season...Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider suffered an apparent lower-body injury in the first period and did not return for the rest of the game...The Red Wings are without the services of captain Chris Chelios, who has remained home after two employees at his downtown Detroit restaurant were killed this week...Detroit maintains a 32-12-7 record against Anaheim since the Ducks' entry into the NHL in 1993.
01/07 23:34:54 ET