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WINGS CAN'T DUCK DEFEAT.....Anaheim 4, RED WINGS 1, T 1/5/09
Posted on: 01-05-2010

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>>caption:  MILESTONE GOALS
FOR BOTH SAKU KOIVU (R) AND
MATT BELESKEY (L) OF ANAHEIM<<

@ ANAHEIM, CA:

    The Ducks disrupted Detroit's
offensive flow all night long and
Anaheim beat the Red Wings 4-1
late night Tuesday.
    It was a bad night for Wings DEF Brian Rafalski, who was in the picture but
ineffective while on the ice for all of Anaheim's goals.
    Detroit's modest two game winning streak was stopped as was Anaheim's three
game losing skid. The Ducks won for just the second time in their last seven outings.
    Anaheim scored twice in a span of 2:01 early in the 1st-Per and controlled play
thereafter.  
    Saku Koivu stole the puck from Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi in the neutral zone and
solo rushed for a 1-0 lead at 5:37/1. Koivu was pestered on his way to the net by
Rafalski, zipped a shot off goaltender Jimmy Howard and tipped his own rebound
off the blue ice behind Howard for the shorthanded goal (#9). It was the 200th goal
of Koivu's NHL regular season career.
    The Ducks made it 2-0 at 7:38/1 on the first NHL career goal by Matt Beleskey.
Anaheim cycled the puck in the Detroit end, Scott Brookbank slapshot wide from
the left point, but Beleskey got the bounce off the backboards at the left corner
of the net and shot underneath Howard with Rafalski again beaten inside by the
shooter.
    Before the 1st-Per ended Koivu had another shorthanded rush (on a theft of the
puck from Detroit Capt. Nick Lidstrom at the Ducks blueline) and Bobby Ryan clanked
a shot off the post behind Howard.  
    The Red Wings finally beat Ducks goaler Jonas Hiller on their 34th shot at 11:03/3.
Pavel Datsyuk passed back from the left circle, Lidstrom fired from the left point and
Valtteri Filppula (#3) backhanded the rebound. Hiller was down on the ice, screened
from seeing Lidstrom's initial shot by Tomas Holmstrom. It was Filppula's first goal in
his five games back from a broken wrist.
    Anaheim quickly restored the two goal margin at 13:29/3. The Ducks won a faceoff
in the offensive end, worked the disc into the right corner, the puck chipped off of
Rafalski's stick as Detroit tried to regain control and Corey Perry (#17) wristed past
Howard from in close. It was Perry's first goal in 11 games.
    Kyle Chipchura (#3) added an empty-net insurance marker with 7.8-sec to play.
    The Red Wings outshot the Ducks 39-35.
    Detroit remained three points out of the final Western Conference playoff seed
and one point ahead of 10th place Dallas.

QUOTEBOOK...

R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "We weren't prepared to play, for whatever reason.
It was our worst game in a while. We let ourselves down here. I don't think you can even
find out how good you can be unless you play as hard as you're capable of playing, and we
didn't do that tonight. Too many turnovers and poor execution, especially early."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSROM:   "It's disappointing, especially the way we came
out in the first period. We got it going in the second, but we were playing from behind,
playing catch-up hockey. They were playing really well in their own zone and pushing us
to the outside when we gained entry into their zone. We had some shots, but most of
them were coming from the outside."

DUCKS CEN SAKU KOIVU:   "I just kept going to the net and fighting, and I got rewarded.
That's the way we have to look at the game right now. We have to win shift after shift,
period after period. We realize the situation we're in [far from a playoff spot]."

DUCKS DEF JAMES WISNIEWSKI:   "Almost do or die right now, coming up to the
Olympic break [and Anaheim being double digit points out of a playoff spot]...
I played with Jimmy [Howard] in the world juniors. He's a great goalie."

OVERTIME:

    The Red Wings became the last NHL team to surrender a shorthanded goal this
season.
    Howard was making his sixth straight start and 9th in the last 10 games.
    Still with only one goal on the season, Lidstrom has 7-A in his last five games.
    Both teams had 26 penalty minutes. There were two fights and two scrums where
double roughing minors were issued. Red Wings Doug Janik, Brad May, Derek Meech
and Bertuzzi all ended up on top of the takedown in the four brief bouts.
    Shoulder injured Detroit forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary could return
from injury layoffs either Thursday night at Los Angeles or Saturday night at San
Jose.
    Out since OCT 8TH with a torn left knee ACL, Johan Franzen returned to Detroit's
morning skate in full pads Tuesday. Franzen is not expected to be back in the lineup
for another two months.  
    Beleskey was playing his 22nd game this season and the 24th of his NHL career,
all with Anaheim.

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