Deflated when goal overturned, Red Wings fall 3-1 to Anaheim
The Red Wings went from ecstasy to despair on Tuesday night.
After it appeared that Dylan Larkin had broken a tie and given them the lead in the third period, the goal was overturned, and the Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the next two minutes to beat Detroit 3-1 on Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena.
After Larkin put in a loose puck from the bottom of the left circle to apparently make it 2-1 Detroit 8:06 into the period, Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins challenged that the play went into the zone offside. Anthony Mantha had to break stride to try and stay onside on a pass up the boards along the right wing from the neutral zone and, as replays showed, he could not do it, and the goal was overturned.
It then only took Nick Ritchie 1:04, to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead and Jakob Silfverberg made it 3-1, 9:57 into the third.
“It’s a game of momentum and a game of inches, and it just didn’t go our way tonight,” said Jimmy Howard, who made 26 saves.
Detroit lost for the first time this season after two wins.
The Ducks’ Rickard Rakell tied it at 1, 4:52 into the third period, following a turnover by Tyler Bertuzzi at his own blue line.
Filip Hronek scored with 5 seconds left in the second period after hitting the goal post twice – one from each circle – during the previous 15 seconds or so.
The defenseman finally beat Anaheim goalie John Gibson with a one-time slap shot from the left circle for his first goal of the season. It came with Howard out and Detroit playing 6-on-5, because a penalty was being called on Anaheim.
Larkin also hit the goal post for the Red Wings a little less than five minutes into the middle period.
Detroit outshot Anaheim 31-29, and had the best of the play for the first two periods.
“I think we started well,” Larkin said. “We dominated the O-zone the first period. Came out in the second – you know, every team has good players, every team plays hard. They’re gonna push. We just didn’t have a response to that push. In the third period, they came out, it was a tough no-goal call there on the offside and then they scored two quick ones. We didn’t have a response for that, and we just didn’t generate enough tonight.”
Frans Nielsen (hit in the head with a puck on Sunday night), Trevor Daley (lower body) and Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) were placed on Injured Reserve.
… Madison Bowey made his season debut, replacing Daley in the lineup, and played on the third defense pair with Dennis Cholowski.