The Ducks have defined themselves early in the NHL season as a team capable of handling adverse situations, no matter the opponent.
Friday night in Detroit, facing a goaltender who's given them fits, in the fifth game of a six-game trip, in a building where they hadn't won in five years, the Ducks fired two early third-period goals past Detroit's Jimmy Howard and beat the Red Wings, 5-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
The Ducks are 10-2-1, lead the Pacific Division and are second in the Western Conference with 21 points. They're also off to the best start on the road (6-1-1) in team history.
They are 4-1 on the trip and 7-1 this month, including victories over previously unbeaten-in-regulation Chicago and San Jose.
Andrew Cogliano scored twice Friday, including the goal that broke a 2-2 tie 1 minutes 2 seconds into third period. It came after a Detroit neutral-zone turnover and was set up by a superb pass from Saku Koivu.
"Tough town to play in, but we felt we were in a good spot to win the game," Cogliano said afterward. "I'm just finding the right spots."
Just 48 seconds later, Bobby Ryan scored on the rebound of his own shot, his fifth goal of the season. Teemu Selanne's pass set up the play.
Cogliano added his fourth goal in three games, into an empty net late in the period, to help rookie goaltender Viktor Fasth improve to 7-0 as a starter.
Ducks find answers in Detroit, and for Jimmy Howard, to win 5-2
Los Angeles Times | Feb 16