The first period was basically a series of alternating penalties. Detroit was the better team at 5-onn-5 but there wasn't much full strength flow to speak of.
The first power play went to Detroit for a hook by Hampus Lindholm just three minutes into the game and they were terrible. The only scoring chance was a shorthanded breakaway by Andrew Cogliano that Jimmy Howard blockered aside.
Just a minute after the kill the Ducks got their first opportunity when Danny DeKeyser tripped Emerson Etem in the corner. The Ducks PP was just as bad as Detroit's. The only reason they didn't give up a shorthanded breakaway was that Cam Fowler was draped all over Justin Abdelkader from the blue line all the way into the crease. Kind of shocking he didn't get a penalty, but upon further review, he did a good job to keep both hands on his stick and not technically hook or hold. But when that's a highlight of your power play, something is wrong.
Detroit's next power play came just after the half way mark of the period on an unfortunate Josh Manson high stick. The Red Wings' extra man unit was much more dangerous this time with a number of scrambles in front of the net, but the puck was bouncing like a tennis ball and nobody could get a handle of the puck to take advantage for Detroit.
The Ducks got their last power play of the period, with just over four minutes left when Niklas Kronwall went off for tripping Kyle Palmieri behind the net. Similarly, the Ducks second opportunity was more successful than the first, but that's not saying much. They got set up a few times and had a few shots through traffic, but nothing that would trouble Howard too much.
After all of that power play time the period ended scorelessly with Detroit having a 11-7 upper hand in shots on goal.
The second started similarly to the first, with the Ducks getting the first opportunity on the power play just over a minute in. This chance was a lot like their last PP, in that they had decent runs of possession and good puck recoveries, but were only able to muster shots from the outside with a bit of a screen.
Just after the kill Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were reunited on the same line (with Patrick Maroon) but it didn't go very well as on that shift Clayton Stoner tried to clear the puck up the wall to Marooon, but Pavel Datsyuk stripped him of the puck and then Datsyuk did what Datsyuk does. He waked to the faceoff dot and sniped one in the top corner to open the scoring. 1-0 Detroit.
The parade to the penalty box continued with Maroon going off for holding Brendan Smith, a little bit ticky tacky, but that's how the game has been going. And it only took 17 seconds for Datsyuk to make it two. Note to the Ducks' penalty killers, leaving Pavel F***ing Datsyuk wide the F*** open at the side of the net is a BAD F***ING IDEA. 2-0 Detroit.
Just about two minutes after the second goal, it was back on the kill for the Ducks when Jakob Silfverberg was nabbed for high sticking Darren Helm. The Ducks were able to kill this one, despite an extended shift where Ryan Kesler was pinned in the zone without a stick on the second period long change. At this point, roughly the middle of the game, the Ducks were at a deficit in the shots to the tune of 20-8.
The Ducks' second shot of the period didn't come until there were six and a half minutes left. It was a nice play by Palmieri to strip the puck turn and shoot, but no dice. The last five minutes of the period were better from the Ducks at keeping the puck away from Gibson, with a few OZ shifts but also a number of blocked shots, and the occasional lucky misfired pass. However the period still ended with two Red Wings goals and only three Ducks shots on goal.
About two and a half minutes into the period, John Gibson kicked a rebound out to Teemu Pulkenen, but Gibson was able to just get back in time because Stoner had tied up Pulkenen enough that he didn't get much on the shot.
About a minute later Perry was high sticked as he nearly got to a puck that Kyle Palmieri had swung in front of the crease for a two minute penalty. For the second time in the night Howard conveniently knocked the net off while the Ducks were on the power play, in fairness there was some contact with Maroon this time, just saying. The penalty was killed and I accidentally invented the word ‘shuck.' I'll let you figure out what two words I combined to come up with it.
With 12 minutes left Gustav Nyquist looked to have Gibson down and out, but the Anaheim goalie threw his glove in the air and robbed him of putting the last nail in the coffin. And shortly thereafter, Andrew Cogliano gave the Ducks life. Howard fought off a high point shot from Lindholm but left the puck sitting out for Cogs to draw the Ducks within one. 2-1 Detroit.
The pace quickened noticeably for the Ducks after their goal and Emerson Etem scored on nearly an identical play to the Cogliano goal. This time it was Clayton Stoner (!?) with the shot high up in Howard's chest protector that dropped into the slot for Etem to just trickle through Howard. 2-2 Tie. Timeout Detroit, 8:33 left in regulation.
But they weren't done. Only a few minutes later Getzlaf bulled his way to the front of the net, and shoveled a backhand pass out to Francois Beauchemin in the high slot. With ton of traffic in front Beauch whipped it past Howard. 3-2 Ducks But there were still six and a half minutes left.
Just past the five minute mark Palmieri went into the end boards awkwardly. He got up and off the ice on his own power, and did return to the game only a few minutes later.
Unfortunately his return didn't come until after Detroit tied it right back up. Nyquist backed the Ducks D off and zipped a cross ice pass over to Riley aka "Brendan Smith" aka "Super Drunk" aka "Teletubby" aka "Danger to Society" Sheahan for the one timer to beat Gibson. Sheahan was also left open by the fact that Ryan Kesler had gone to the bench and Rickard Rakell couldn't get over to him in time to make it a 3-on-2 rush. 3-3 Tie.
The refs missed an opportunity to stay consistent right at the buzzer when Palmieri was clearly tripped at the blueline, but that's an admittedly tough call to make as the game goes into OT.
At some point during the game Nate Thompson left with a lower body injury and did not return.
The Red Wings had the Ducks pinned in the defensive zone for the last two to 2.5 minutes of the extra session. The Ducks did a good job to get in the way of shots and deflect a lot out of play removing any kind of flow from the Detroit attack, but with nine seconds left Ryan Getzlaf cleared the length of the ice over the glass Ruslan Salei style for a delay of game penalty. Bruce Boudreau called his time out to rally the troops, Ryan Kesler won the draw and it was off to the Skills Competition for the first time in John Gibson's NHL career.
Datsyuk: POST. The classic Datsyukian Deke, had Gibson down and out, but he just missed the backhand flipper.
Perry: GOAL. Swings wide right and tucks it five hole.
Nyquist: GOAL. Lots of speed and slides it five hole as well.
Silfverberg: GOAL. Left hashmark. High glove. Snipe.
Tomas Tatar: SAVE. Low glove side, Gibson got a piece of the left pad on it without really moving.
The Good: There is still nothing better, in the regular season, than beating the Detroit Red Wings.
The Bad: Anaheim had nothing going for them in the first 40 minutes. A couple of mediocre power play attempts, but otherwise it was ALLLLLLLLLL Detroit in the first two periods.
The Ugly: HOW THE HELL do you leave Pavel Datsyuk that wide open on the power play?!?!
3rd MVD: John Gibson. Wasn't perfect, but didn't really have a chance on any of the three goals. He made a couple of highlight reel saves to hold the Ducks in it while they were still struggling to figure things out in the first 30 minutes or so, and won his first ever NHL shootout (thanks to a Datsyukian miss).
2nd MVD: Ben Lovejoy. Just outstanding, smart defensive play from the Rev all game, with the stick, with the body. Well done.
1st MVD: Francois Beauchemin. Really on aggregate, three goals in his last three games, but the go ahead goal was clearly the highlight of the night, unless you consider Datsyuk, even if Getzlaf's play to get him the puck was more important.
Next Game: Wednesday home to Ottawa 7pm PT. Anyone remember the last time we beat Detroit and then played Ottawa?