Ryan Getzlaf breathed new life into the Ducks, Saku Koivu scored his 200th career goal and Matt Beleskey recorded his first at Honda Center.
Getzlaf, who had missed the last three games with a lacerated leg, was on the ice for every goal but Koivu’s — a short-handed breakaway goal in the first period that put the Ducks ahead for good. It was the 200th goal of Koivu’s career, and the first short-handed strike allowed by the Red Wings this season.
Two minutes later, Beleskey was the beneficiary of a good bounce off the end boards following Sheldon Brookbank’s missed shot. Beleskey got to the puck ahead of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard (31 saves) and poked it between Howard’s legs.
The score remained 2-0 until 8:57 remained in the third period, when Detroit finally solved Jonas Hiller by creating heavy traffic in front of the Anaheim netminder. Tomas Holmstrom deftly stick-handled between a pair of Ducks, then dropped a pass back to Nicklas Lidstrom. The veteran defenseman shot off Hiller’s chest, but Valtteri Filppula had an easy time firing the rebound past Hiller, who was shielded by Holmstrom.
However, the Ducks were quick to answer. Getzlaf won an offensive-zone faceoff with Darren Helm, then took advantage of a turnover behind the net by Brian Rafalski, dropped a pass for Perry, who scored past Howard with 6:31 left on the clock. Clearly spurred by the return of Getzlaf, Perry had been held without a point in four games, and without a goal his past 10.
Kyle Chipchura scored into an empty net from a defensive-zone faceoff circle — an estimated 145 feet — for his third goal of the season with 8 seconds left.
Jonas Hiller turned in an outstanding effort, flashing glove often en route to 38 saves, his first win in three starts.
Scoring only told part of the story — the Wings and Ducks were at their chippiest before 15,531, and the Ducks used the frustration to their favor. Even Petteri Nokelainen and Bobby Ryan, two infrequent fighters, got into the act, with Ryan getting pulled down by Todd Bertuzzi — briefly a teammate in Anaheim during the 2007-08 season — late in the third period. Each team collected 10 penalties totaling 26 minutes, six per side being doled out for fighting or roughing.