dispatch Red Wings, 4-2
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[March 17, 2018]
The Anaheim Ducks took one step
closer to a potential playoff berth, while the Detroit Red Wings
took another step towards improving their odds in the draft lottery.
Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler each scored
to lift Anaheim to a 4-2 home win over the Red Wings, helping the
Ducks tie both Dallas for the final wild card spot in the Western
Conference and Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings lost their ninth straight game and are
plummeting towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Anaheim struck first with 13:58 remaining in the first period on a
goal by Ritchie, who found himself wide open in front of Red Wings
goalie Jimmy Howard and buried a pass from Ondrej Kase to give the
Ducks a 1-0 lead.
The Red Wings answered back later in the first, tying the game at
1-1 on a goal by defenseman Mike Green.
Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin took a rebound off of a shot and
fired a cross-ice pass on the backhand to Green, who one-timed a
shot into an open net with 2:46 left in the first.
Anaheim regained the lead 2:48 into the second period when Grant
backhanded in a loose puck off of a scramble in front of the Detroit
net, but the Red Wings once again responded.
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Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) and Detroit Red Wings right wing
Luke Witkowski (28) both fight in the first period of an NHL hockey
game at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
With 12:50 remaining in the second, Gustav Nyquist took a pass from
Justin Abelkader in front of the Anaheim goal and scored to tie the
game at 2-2.
Anahem answered back though, taking a 3-2 lead with 3:18 left in the
second on a goal by Perry, who came from behind the net and tapped
home a loose puck into a wide-open goal.
Anaheim took its first two-goal lead of the game with 14:56
remaining on a goal by Ryan Kesler, who backhanded home a rebound to
give the Ducks a 4-2 lead. ?
--Field Level Media
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