DETROIT – The Wings’ third period woes continued Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
This time it was the Anaheim Ducks taking advantage of Detroit, scoring twice in a span of a minute and two seconds at the start of the final period to hand the Wings their second straight loss, 5-2.
Both goals were due to turnovers by Detroit.
“In the end the miscues with the puck in the third period cost us,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
On Wednesday, Detroit had just one shot on goal in the third period and eventually lost in overtime to the St. Louis Blues.
“It was two turnovers that ended up in our net,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “It was tough. I think up to that we played a good game. We battled good the first period and took over the game in the second. We felt good going out for the third but unfortunately those two quick ones kind of killed the game.
“It’s always tough to play catch-up hockey, especially when you’ve only got 20 minutes and you need two or three goals,” Zetterberg added.
Anaheim got a pair of goals from Andrew Cogliano and one each from Matt Beleskey, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. Viktor Fasth made 26 saves.
The Wings got goals from rookies Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
The Ducks took advantage of a turnover at center ice to take the lead just 1:02 into the third period. Niklas Kronwall’s pass out of his zone hit the skate of Valtteri Filppula and was taken by Cogliano, who then fed a pass to Saku Koivu and the two worked a pretty ice give-and-go with Cogliano finishing things off with a redirect past Howard.
Just 48 seconds later, Ian White turned the puck over near the Wings’ bench and it led to a 2-on-1 for Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan. Selanne gave Ryan the pass and his second whack at the puck finally beat Howard.
“In this league, if you turn the puck over at the blue line, bad things happen,” Howard said.
Cogliano iced things with an empty net goal with 1:49 left to play.
“The turnover on the set breakout, we had the D up ahead with a forward and I don’t know why we did that and then near our bench there was on as well,” Babcock said. “It was unfortunate because I thought we set ourselves up pretty good in the third period. You’re playing a good team obviously we’re short staffed, but the guys were playing good and in the end it didn’t work out the way we wanted to.”
The Wings, who lost to Anaheim for just the second time at Joe Louis Arena in the last 19 meetings, were also missing Pavel Datsyuk, who’s day-to-day with a shoulder bruise.
“When they do make mistakes, you have to make sure you capitalize,” Cogliano said. “Obviously, they have some top guys out, and without Datsyuk, that’s the biggest one … but for my money, they’re the same team.”
“In the perfect world, everyone would be healthy and you have the chemistry with the guys you’re used to playing with, but that’s not the case,” Zetterberg said. “But we’re not losing the game because of that. I think we’re giving up too many easy goals. The two goals in the third period, we should be able to treat the puck better. You can’t give those up, they’re too skilled when you get the 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s. You see they’re really good snipers and the puck’s in the net.”
After a scoreless first period the teams combined for four goals in a span of four minutes and 36 seconds.
Andersson opened the scoring for the Wings with his first of his career.
Tatar began the play with a pass to the point to Jakub Kindl, who then made a nice feed to Andersson in the faceoff circle. The rookie received the pass on his back hand and quickly transferred to his forehand and fired it top shelf past Fasth.
Just 26 second later, Beleskey beat Howard to tie things up, using a screen from Kronwall to aid in the process. Henrik Zetterberg lost the draw in the Wings’ zone and Ryan Getzlaf fed a backhand to Beleskey open in the slot.
Tatar put the Wings back in front after picking up a huge rebound off a shot from the point by Damien Brunner. Tatar skated back to the front of the crease and buried his shot over Fasth’s blocker for the power play goal.
The Ducks, who are 4-1-0 thus on their six-game road trip, tied if back up just 1:05 later on a giveaway by Ian White after he broke his stick trying to clear the puck from behind his own net. Beleskey took the puck and fed it to Perry and he scored off his own rebound.