Red Wings snap 6-game skid, beat Ducks 5-0
DETROIT—Nicklas Lidstrom had two goals and an assist, Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his seventh NHL shutout, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 on Saturday night.
The Red Wings also broke out of a scoring slump after they netted only six goals during their slide.
Johan Franzen had a goal and two assists, and Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Detroit. Ian White had two assists.
Jonas Hiller stopped 39 shots for Anaheim before being replaced by Dan Ellis, who made six saves.
Kronwall opened the scoring 7:04 in when he beat Hiller with a slap shot from the right point for his second goal. It came just 6 seconds after Anaheim killed a penalty. The Red Wings outshot the Ducks 17-1 in the first 13:30 of the game.
Zetterberg made it 2-0 at 1:55 of the second period when he scored his third of the season on a wrist shot from the high slot after controlling Franzen's pass with his skate. Lidstrom's first goal of the game came 50 seconds later off a slap shot from the top of the left circle.
An apparent goal by Anaheim's Lucas Sbisa with 7:44 remaining in the second was waved off because of incidental contact with Howard by Corey Perry.
Lidstrom's second of the game came on the power play 1:39 into the third period on a slap shot from inside the blue line. It was his fifth goal of the season.
NOTES: Detroit RW Todd Bertuzzi didn't play because of illness. RW Patrick Eaves missed his second game because of a sore back. Detroit recalled F Fabian Brunnstrom from Grand Rapids of the AHL, and he had an assist on Lidstrom's first goal. Anaheim finished its seven-game, 13-day road trip 1-3-3. ... Lidstrom scored his 130th power-play goal, moving him ahead of Phil Housley into fifth place among NHL defensemen.