The Detroit Red Wings received a point for overtime, but couldn’t quite get the extra in a shootout against the Anaheim Ducks. It was Detroit’s third straight game without a win.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Givani Smith kicked off the game with a fight. The young forward took retribution for a huge hit on Gustav Lindstrom, who left the ice for the rest of the period.
A few minutes later, the Ducks phenomenal rookie, Trevor Zegras, ripped a one-timer into a nearly empty net. After a slow start, the Wings started battling back in the latter half of the first, tacking on shots on goal and applying pressure in the offensive zone.
Detroit was given a fantastic opportunity to score in the final two minutes, as a pair of penalties on Anaheim sent the Red Wings to over a minute of 5-on-3 action. The Wings couldn’t create a dangerous shot despite keeping possession in the offensive zone.
The power play finally found success just 21 seconds into the period, as Filip Hronek ripped in a pass from Moritz Seider.
The two teams battled back and fourth for the next few minutes, as Detroit killed off a penalty and found themselves without their team captain, Dylan Larkin.
Tyler Bertuzzi took the lead for the Wings with less than five minutes left in the period, tapping in a rebound at the front of the net for his sixteenth goal of the season. Just three minutes later, the Ducks knotted things back up with a goal from Troy Terry.
The Red Wings had a pair of penalties in the third, but failed to convert on either. Although the unit was passing more than they have of late, they just couldn’t seem to convert on any quality scoring chances.
The Ducks retook the lead just two minutes into the third. Just over five minutes later, Vladislav Namestnikov evened things up, barley tipping in a rocket of a shot from Jordan Oesterle.
Anaheim applied significant pressure in the final minutes, but Thomas Greiss made some key saves and the game went to an extra period.
Both teams had quality scoring chances in overtime, but the Red Wings maintained a majority of the possession. However, Detroit had the same struggles as they did on the power play; they couldn’t find the right time to pull the trigger.
Tyler Bertuzzi was also injured.
The Red Wings couldn’t find the back of the net in the shootout and the Ducks scored twice, taking the extra point in overtime.