Power outages both literal and figurative plagued the Anaheim Ducks against the Detroit Red Wings from the Honda Center on Sunday evening as they would fall by a score of 4-2.
After a 5-3 loss to the LA Kings on Thursday, which was highlighted by a 17-minute lighting outage at the Honda Center, the Anaheim Ducks hoped to put their odd misfortunes behind them, while the Detroit Red Wings looked to take four points away from their California road-trip after splitting matchups with the Sharks and Kings.
The Wings got off on the right foot when Henrik Zetterberg found a loose puck in front of Jonas Hiller, made some virtuoso stick moves through the skates of Brandon McMillan, then fired the puck over Hiller's shoulder for a 1-0 Detroit lead less than two minutes into the first period.
Detroit would continue to pressure, preventing the Ducks from gathering themselves, and appeared to be on the verge of extending their lead on the power play when a power failure (later reported as being caused by issues in the city of Anaheim) knocked out roughly a quarter of the electrical systems at the Honda Center, including some of the lighting over the ice surface and power for the television and radio broadcasts.
After almost a thirty minute break before power could be restored, the two teams returned to the ice and the Ducks seemed to have drawn a measure of serenity from the enforced break, killing off the Beauchemin penalty and a following minor for delay of game and keeping the Wings from scoring for the rest of the period, while Jimmy Howard stood tall in his net to deny both Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan point blank on late opportunities.
At the start of the second period, the Red Wings again struck early when Pavel Datsyuk intercepted a Cam Fowler pass at the red line and chipped the puck behind the Anaheim defense to Johan Franzen, who drove down into the slot before sending a quick wrist shot past Hiller, who seemed shocked by the sudden turnover and failed to react in time.
The Ducks' woes would increase when Bobby Ryan appeared to have scored on Jimmy Howard, but the shot would be waived off almost immediately, and video review proved that the Detroit netminder had managed to make a superb glove save at the goal line, and insult added to injury a few minutes later when Brad Stuart would score just before the midpoint of the period, sliding from the blue line down to the top of the right faceoff dot before firing a shot that was perfectly screened by Todd Bertuzzi and extending the Detroit lead to 3-0.
The Ducks would finally begin to dig out of the hole they had generally created when Andrew Cogliano broke out of his own zone with Cam Fowler and Saku Koivu, performed a textbook drop pass to Fowler and the sophomore blueliner quickly dished off to Koivu, who unloaded a quick shot through traffic to put the Ducks on the board.
Beginning to gather steam, the Ducks would find themselves on the power play for much of the remaining second period after drawing back to back interference calls by Cory Emmerton and Brendan Smith, and managed to cut the Detroit lead to one on the Emmerton penalty when the power play unit pressured Howard with a point shot from Kurtis Foster that set up a Ryan Getzlaf attempt on the rebound, then Corey Perry taking the puck after Howard made a pad save and firing a cross-crease pass to Teemu Selanne, who buried his opportunity.
The 3-2 score would hold, despite a third period that was dominated by the Ducks, thanks to Howard and a few lucky bounces in his favor, before the Ducks drew a late penalty on Johnathan Ericsson with just over two and a half minutes to go, and Randy Carlyle would pull Jonas Hiller for the two man advantage early in the power play. The Ducks failed to find any clear advantages, however, and a bad pass by Koivu into open ice would be shot to the neutral zone boards by Brad Stuart, expecting it to simply serve as a clearing attempt, but the puck would carom perfectly off the boards and sail through the Anaheim zone before landing into the empty net for his second goal of the evening, icing the game (and the road trip) for the Wings.