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DETROIT 7, DUCKS 4 : Ducks rally late, fall short against Red Wings

November 15, 2009|Associated Press

DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings finally found a way to shake off the rallying Ducks.

Zetterberg had three goals and two assists in the Red Wings' 7-4 victory on Saturday night.

The game featured eight goals in a seesaw third period. The Ducks tied the score three times and the Red Wings regained the lead three times.

"It was pretty crazy back and forth," said Zetterberg, who scored all his goals in the third period for his fourth NHL hat trick. "Too much back and forth. But we won the game. That was most important."

Dan Cleary added a goal and two assists, and Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.

"I thought we could have wore that team out. We didn't do that," Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock said. "We let them back in the game. In the end we found a way to score enough goals to win."

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and three assists, Corey Perry had a goal and an assist, and Bobby Ryan and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 30 saves.

"We got ourselves back up with them a few times, but they kept bumping back up," the Ducks' Scott Niedermayer said.

Helm added a goal with 2:15 left, and Zetterberg capped his hat trick with an empty-netter, his eighth goal this season.

"That's why they're a great team year in and year out," Lupul said. "They know how to win those tough games."

The Ducks capitalized on a turnover by defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to make it 2-1 at 8:12 into in the second period.

Ericsson's pass from behind the net was intercepted by Getzlaf at the goal line. He then set up Perry in the slot for his 13th goal.

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