A terrible start to the third period Friday cost the Red Wings.
Anaheim scored two goals within 48 seconds of each other, not even two minutes into the period, breaking a tie and sending the Ducks to a 5-2 victory.
Ducks forwards Andrew Cogliano (Michigan) and Bobby Ryan scored to break the 2-2 tie, both goals coming off Red Wings turnovers.
"We should be able to treat the puck better," Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said of the costly turnovers. "You can't give them those opportunities."
The Red Wings are winless in the last two games after having won three straight.
They also are dealing with another key injury. Forward Pavel Datsyuk missed Friday's game and is day-to-day with a bruised shoulder.
Datsyuk joined Johan Franzen (hip flexor), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Darren Helm (back) as important forwards who are missing.
"It's tough when you have a lot of guys out," Zetterberg said. "But it's part of the game and you just have to deal with it."
Still, the Red Wings were tied at 2 heading into the third period until two breakdowns cost them.
Cogliano deflected a pass from Saku Koivu off a give-and-go for his third goal at 1:02.
Niklas Kronwall's pass deflected off a skate and wound up on Cogliano's stick. Cogliano passed to Koivu, who waited for Cogliano to race toward the net and deflect the puck past goalie Jimmy Howard.
Just 48 seconds later, the Red Wings hurt themselves again.
Ryan scored his fifth goal at 1:50, after swiping the puck from Ian White near the blue line.
Red Wings falter in third, lose to Ducks
Detroit News | Feb 16