The Red Wings’ loss on Wednesday night came on an oddity: An overtime penalty shot.
Bobby Ryan’s penalty shot goal at the 2:50 mark of the extra period gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 win over Detroit at the Honda Center.
Ryan was awarded the penalty shot when referee Steve Kozari ruled he was tripped by Wings’ defenseman Ruslan Salei on a breakaway.
To a man, the Red Wings disputed the call.
“It’s a bad call, he knows it, he saw the replay,” Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard told Booth Newspapers. “(Ryan) fell on his own, he tripped, just toe-picked. But things happen out there fast, he might have saw it differently. You could even tell on the replay, one arm on the stick, he just barely touches him. It’s unfortunate the call was made.”
Ryan then beat Howard on a wrist shot.
Pavel Datsyuk scored his 20th goal for the Wings, who had their six-game road winning streak snapped. But they did pick up a point with the OT loss.
Datsyuk’s gal came on the power play, the Red Wings’ only conversion with the extra man in nine tries,
in which Detroit only managed five shots in 12:47 with the extra man.
“That’s why we lost the game tonight,” Wings’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We had so many power plays that we didn’t take advantage of.”
Datsyuk scored in the second period and Jason Blake tied it for Anaheim 1:54 into the third period.
The Red Wings continue their west coast road trip on Thursday night at San Jose with a 10:30 p.m. ET contest.
Defenseman Brian Rafalski missed his third game with back spasms.
… Johan Franzen has a new baby boy, born on Monday, but hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games since his five-goal outburst in Ottawa on Feb. 2.
… Former Red Wing Shawn Burr was recently diagnosed with, and has begun treatment for, acute myeloid leukemia.
… Former Red Wings’ enforcer Bob Probert, who died of a heart attack last July 4, also had a degenerative brain disease, according to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail.