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What the Anaheim Ducks learned in Friday's loss to Detroit

Team's video review reveals weaknesses that helped the Red Wings snap the Ducks' 13-game home winning streak. Adjustments are in the works for Sunday's rematch.

March 24, 2013|By Lance Pugmire

What the Detroit Red Wings accomplished by ending the Ducks' 13-game home winning streak is a weekend debate.

Was a formula established to beat the team that two nights earlier had pronounced itself the Western Conference power?

Or was it simply an aberration that can be quickly corrected?

The answer should arrive Sunday at 5 p.m., when the teams meet again at Honda Center.

"We'll practice, look in the video room, make some adjustments and come back a lot better," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

That video room review Saturday wasn't pretty.

The Ducks (22-4-4) got a goal by Teemu Selanne midway into the first period of Friday's 5-1 loss. But otherwise they were shut out by Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, who finished with 33 saves.

"He was good, he made some big saves, but I don't think we threw the kitchen sink at him," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "We could've used more traffic and crashed the net more.

"We would've liked a little better of an effort in watching" the home win streak "disappear," Fowler said.

The Ducks started the night as the league's most productive power play team (24.4%) but then failed to score in six opportunities. They were even blanked on a two-man advantage while trailing 2-1.

Less than four minutes into the second period, Detroit (15-11-5) took a 3-1 lead on a Justin Abdelkader shot over goaltender Viktor Fasth's left shoulder, and Boudreau opted to remove the 30-year-old rookie from the net.

Fasth, who also gave up three goals in a Monday win over San Jose, said he's not experiencing any effects from an upper-body injury suffered March 8.

The greater effect, Fasth said, was Detroit's patient, crisp passing. They put only 23 shots on goal but made five, including two that got past Jonas Hiller, who had stopped 263 of 282 prior shots while going 8-0-2 in starts before Friday's relief role.

"We know they're a team that likes to pass the puck a lot," Fasth said. "They're looking to the seams. Even though we knew that, we let them do it. We weren't good enough."

Fowler said the Ducks focused on the letdown nature of the game Friday after the team had knocked off Western Conference leader Chicago in a stirring Wednesday performance.

"We knew the emotional high we were coming off against Chicago and wanted to bring it again," Fowler said. "At times, we showed it. But you have a few shifts where bounces don't go your way, they make it hurt, and the next thing you know, you're behind the eight-ball.

"They're so good with their sticks, and knocking down passes, they can create offense immediately from that. We were aware of that. We've just got to clean that up."

Ducks wing Corey Perry also was silenced in his return from a four-game suspension, taking only two shots in 17:38 of ice time, with one shot blocked.

"We don't want it to happen again," Boudreau said. "We better bring our 'A' game, or it's not good."

Ducks on Sunday

VS. DETROIT

When: 5.

Where: Honda Center.

On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.

Record vs. Red Wings: 1-1.

Etc.: Ryan Getzlaf's 12-game home point streak was snapped Friday, while Daniel Winnik, Luca Sbisa and Bryan Allen were minus three in the loss.

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