Ritchie gets key goal, Ducks beat Red Wings to stay unbeaten

Anaheim Ducks right wing Rickard Rakell (67) scores on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By PAUL HARRIS
Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have ridden a hot goaltender to the franchise’s third 3-0 start.
Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Anaheim beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Ducks also won their first three in 2006-07 and last season. So far this season, they’ve been buoyed by John Gibson, who has allowed one goal in each of the three games.
“Gibby (Gibson) kept us in the game for two periods,” Ritchie said. “We knew we had a better game in us, so we came out in the third, got a couple bounces and got the goals we needed.”
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist and Rickard Rakell also scored for the Ducks. Gibson made 31 saves.
An apparent goal by the Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin 8:06 into the third period was overturned because it was ruled the play went into the zone offside, and Ritchie scored on a rebound 1:04 later to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Silfverberg made it 3-1, beating Howard from the inside edge of the left circle off the rush, 47 seconds after that.
“It was a little bit of a Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope — we were against the ropes early and then we were able to come back,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said.
Filip Hronek scored for Detroit, which lost for the first time this season. Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots.
“It’s one of those things. It’s a game of momentum and a game of inches and it just didn’t go our way tonight,” Howard said.
Rakell tied it at 1, 4:52 into the third, when Hampus Lindholm’s shot bounced off Rakell, past Howard and into the net. Rakell’s first goal followed a turnover by Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi at his own blue line.
Hronek scored with 5 seconds left in the second period after hitting the goal post twice — one from each circle — during the previous 15 seconds or so.
The defenseman finally beat Gibson with a one-time slap shot from the left circle for his first goal of the season. It came with Howard out and Detroit playing 6-on-5, because a penalty was being called on the Ducks.
Larkin also hit the goal post for the Red Wings a little less than five minutes into the middle period.
NOTES: Detroit F Andreas Athanasiou made his season debut after missing the first two games with a lower-body injury. … Anaheim C Sam Steel, who is out with a middle-body injury, skated on Tuesday morning but did not participate in line drills.
UP NEXT
Ducks: At Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Red Wings: At Montreal on Thursday.

Detroit Red Wings clip Anaheim Ducks’ wings for 12th straight loss, 3-1

By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT — The Anaheim Ducks dropped their heads on the bench and looked down at their skates, another defeat seemingly imminent.
Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend their franchise-record losing streak to 12 games.
“I just see the frustration,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
For the third straight setback, Anaheim went into the third period with a one-goal lead and failed to win.
“This is a familiar story for us,” said Carlyle, recently given a vote of confidence by general manager Bob Murray.
The Ducks’ losing streak is the NHL’s longest single-season skid since the Buffalo Sabres lost 14 straight games four years ago.
John Gibson stopped 22 shots for the Ducks, who haven’t won since Dec. 17. Prior to the skid, they had won nine of 10.
Jimmy Howard finished with 23 saves for the Red Wings, who won two straight for the first time in more than a month.
“It’s been a long time, so that feels nice, obviously,” Nyquist said. “I think we’ve been trending in the right direction for quite a while, to be honest with you, and not getting the wins. At the same time, it feels like we stand here talking about that and at some point, you’ve got to prove it. Hopefully, we can use these two wins and build on them.”
Detroit tied it 5:25 into the third when Anthony Mantha scored from the right circle, shooting the puck after it bounced off a cross-ice pass from Andreas Athanasiou.

Detroit Red Wings fall in shootout at Anaheim

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Although Troy Terry is only five games into his NHL career, he was already something of a shootout legend even before he arrived in Anaheim.
When he got his first shootout opportunity for the Ducks on Monday night, Terry broke out the same skills he employed to win two enormous shootouts in the world junior championships last year.
Terry sent the crowd home happy — with plenty of help from John Gibson, of course.
Terry scored the only goal in the shootout, Gibson made 19 saves and the Ducks celebrated the home opener of their 25th anniversary season with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Jakob Silfverberg scored the tying goal with 11:31 to play, and Hampus Lindholm also scored as the Ducks improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since their 2006-07 Stanley Cup title season.
Terry scored through Jimmy Howard’s legs in his fifth NHL game, and Gibson stopped all three Red Wings shooters.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Darren Helm scored and Howard stopped 24 shots for the Red Wings, who are winless in their first three games. Detroit couldn’t hold two leads in a game between two young rosters getting NHL experience on the fly.
“I think we’re just going to stay the course,” forward Gustav Nyquist said. “We have liked the way we played, especially the first two games. Today we could be a little better with the puck, but overall we are going to be fine in here if we keep competing the way we are.”

Ducks left wing Max Comtois, left, and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Libor Sulak scuffle during the second period Monday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP photo)