Los Angeles Times
Ducks continue Detroit success
Kesler and Perry score two goals apiece as Anaheim wins fourth in row in Motor City.
DETROIT — A snowstorm on the East Coast didn’t prevent the Ducks from getting to Detroit — and it didn’t halt their momentum.
Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler each scored twice to lift the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
The Ducks have won four in row on the road against the Red Wings and they haven’t lost a regulation game in Detroit since Nov. 5, 2011. With the victory, the Ducks have won five of their last seven games, outscoring opponents 22-15.
“We’re already a bit in playoff mode,” Kesler said. “We know every game is important and it’s important that we get the points.”
Perry made it 2-1 for Anaheim with 1:24 left in the opening period when he and Rickard Rakell came in on a partial two-on-one breakaway and Perry beat Jimmy Howard on a backhand shot. Perry put the Ducks up 3-2 when he curled behind Patrick Maroon, who was in front of the net, and beat Howard for his team-leading 19th goal at 2:28 of the third.
“Patty’s a big body and he creates a lot of room,” Perry said. “We cycled the puck and controlled it in their zone tonight and when you have somebody that can do that, it creates a lot of room.”
Kesler got his second goal of the game four minutes later when he sidestepped two Red Wings and put the puck under Howard’s right arm.
“I think we had a lot of energy, especially in the third period,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They played last night and we played especially well.”
The Red Wings have not won at home in their last five games (0-4-1).
“I thought they looked impressive,” Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill said. “I didn’t think we managed the puck well enough.”