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Duck and Run: Anaheim Ducks Blitz Detroit Red Wings with Torrid First Period

December 18th, 2013 at 6:01 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn't want his team to get into a track meet with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks, however, didn't care either way.

A four-goal outburst  in the first period propelled the Ducks to a 5-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena, giving the Red Wings a sixth consecutive loss.

The goals came after Tomas Jurco scored at 3:15 of the first to give the Wings an early 1-0 lead.

"I thought we started off pretty good and then everything just fell apart," said Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "There’s no excuse whatsoever. Injuries [have] got nothing to do with it. We’re a better team than we showed tonight. That was embarrassing at times."

Jurco's goal came off of a give-and-go feed from Drew Miller before he made a nice move to send a backhander past Jonas Hiller. It was Jurco's first career NHL goal in only his second game.

The Ducks then began their barrage of goals 25 seconds later when Jakob Silfverberg sent a wrister past Jonas Gustavsson. Nick Bonino scored at 5:29 to put the visitors up 2-1, Corey Perry scored during a 4-on-4 to make it 3-1 at 18:17, and Sami Vatanen made it 4-1 with a slapshot with 1.2 seconds left in the first.

Gustavsson was replaced by Petr Mrazek after Perry's goal, but it didn't make much of a difference.

Saku Koivu made it 5-1 at 12:26 of the second to put the game out of reach.

Danny Cleary scored his third goal of the year at 18:02 to cut the final margin to three.

The Ducks have now won consecutive games at Joe Louis Arena, which is a place that they have struggled.

NOTES: Luke Glendening picked up his first career NHL point with an assist on Cleary's goal…Kyle Quincey was ejected in the first for boarding Ryan Getzlaf.


  1. ANA Andrew Cogliano (3 Assists)
  2. ANA Corey Perry (Goal)
  3. DET Tomas Jurco (Goal)


Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Mike Babcock, NHL, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Jurco

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