ANAHEIM (AP) — Corey Perry scored a tiebreaking goal late in the second period, John Gibson made 28 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Friday night.
Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant and Ryan Kesler each had a goal for the Ducks, tied with Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim has 84 points — also the same amount as Colorado and Dallas, which hold the two wild-card spots in the Western Conference.
Anaheim does not own the tiebreaker for regulation and overtime wins against the Kings, Avalanche or Stars.
Gustav Nyquist scored in his third straight game for the Red Wings, who lost their ninth in a row to match their longest slide since dropping nine straight in February 1986. Mike Green also had a goal and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves in Detroit’s eighth consecutive road loss.
Perry gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead at 16:42 of the second, getting to the back post to score off Ryan Getzlaf’s pass. Perry has 10 points, including four goals, in his last nine games.
Kesler made it 4-2 at 5:04 of the third, following up his own rebound with a backhand past Howard.
Grant put the Ducks back in front 2-1 at 2:48 of the second when he capitalized on a wild scramble for his 10th goal. Howard had two Red Wings on top of him as he tried to cover up a shot by Jakob Silfverberg, but the loose puck trickled to Grant for his second goal in three games.
Detroit tied it 2-all at 7:10 on Nyquist’s 19th goal.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first period when Ritchie scored on a one-timer from the slot.
The Red Wings evened it at 17:14 on Green’s eighth goal. Green was left alone in the left circle by the Ducks, raising his stick into the air to try to get the attention of teammates. Dylan Larkin finally saw the breakdown and passed to Green, who scored into an open net as Gibson reached his stick out in a half-hearted attempt to make the save.
NOTES: The Ducks have killed off 31 straight penalties at home. . The Red Wings are 1-29-5 when trailing after two periods. . Getzlaf has three goals and 14 assists in his last 11 games. . Silfverberg had two assists.
Red Wings: Close their five-game road trip at Colorado on Sunday.
Ducks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.
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