Ducks top Wings in Tightly Contested Match

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The Wings were unable to earn a victory as a birthday present to Jonathan Ericsson, or Franzen’s newborn son Eddie, so they’ll have to be satisfied with one point from the overtime loss.

Red Wings 1 Ducks 2 (OT)

Bobby Ryan potted the game-winning goal in the rarest of rare ways: on an overtime penalty shot. Jimmy Howard didn’t seem pleased with the call that led to the penalty shot, most likely because it seemed like Bobby Ryan dove in order to draw the call.

On the replay, it did look like Ryan went down rather easily, but dive or no dive it was a foul from behind on a breakaway that denied a scoring chance, which adds up to a penalty shot any way you slice it. If the dive had been called, it would have been enforced AFTER the penalty shot, with the Ducks playing short a man. However, Ryan made his chance count, so all of that is irrelevant anyway.

The game never should have gotten to the point where Anaheim had a chance to win the game in overtime. The Red Wings usually potent power play went a dreadful 1/9 tonight against a normally porous Ducks PK. Granted, two Wings power play opportunities were cut short when they took a penalty of their own, partially contributing to that ugly 1/9 number. However, they failed to even generate a quality chance on a 5 on 3 advantage that lasted 1:33.

As it was, both goalies kept their respective teams in the game, with Ellis and Howard each making several highlight reel quality saves. Ellis may end up on the blooper reel as well, after allowing Pavel Datsyuk to score from behind the goal line on a bank shot.

Former Red Wing Andreas Lilja showed in this one why he was such a polarizing figure in Detroit, making several key shot blocks, as well as taking two bad penalties and making several unforced turnovers.

Michigan native Cam Fowler was very impressive for the Ducks. He leads all rookie blue liners in points with 29, and appears very poised with the puck.

The Wings must rebound quickly as they take on the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night in the 4th game of their five game road trip.

The Off Wing View’s Three Stars

3. Jimmy Howard 26 saves – Howie was unbelievable in this one. There were a couple of saves, especially the one late in the third on Perry, that had me shaking my head. He is going to be one of the best goalies in the league very, very soon.

2. Teemu Selanne 1A – Selanne was the Ducks best player tonight in my opinion. The majority of their scoring chances either came off of his stick or his set up. He assisted on the Ducks only goal in regulation.

1. Dan Ellis 28 saves – Withstood a barrage of Wings chances, especially in the second period, and only surrendered the one fluky goal to Datsyuk.