The Red Wings surrendered two goals 48 seconds apart early in the third period and lost, 5-2, to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
"I thought we did lots of real good things, to tell you the truth," said Wings coach Mike Babcock. "Howie was good in the first, we kind of got through it, and I thought we played a lot better in the second."
Jimmy Howard made a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes to keep the game scoreless and finished with 32 saves.
Pavel Datsyuk joined a long list of injured players, missing the game with a shoulder bruise, according to Babcock.
The Wings' best efforts against the Ducks came from their bottom-two lines.
Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist to lead the Wings.
Andersson scored his first career NHL goal to open the scoring at 3:01, then assisted on Tatar's power-play goal at 6:32, which gave the Wings a 2-1 lead.
"Tatar threw it up and just made a nice play to me," Andersson said. "When I looked up I had pretty much an empty net. Just put it in there.
"Of course it was big excitement. ... But it would be a lot more fun to score if we win the game."
Andersson said he didn't feel any pressure. Babcock played Andersson, Tatar and Gustav Nyquist together on the power play.
Red Wings break down in third; Joakim Andersson nets first NHL goal
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