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Ducks score late in regulation then beat Red Wings in OT

ANAHEIM — The long-and-winding quest continued for the Ducks with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Honda Center.

That would be their pursuit of a regulation win.

Yet on this night, it didn’t matter.

Ryan Strome, set up by Trevor Zegras, took advantage when the Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi turned the puck over in front of his net, with 49.4 seconds left in overtime for the game-winner.

The Ducks are 3-0 in overtime this season.

Defenseman John Klingberg scored his first goal with the Ducks to push the game into overtime – with 46.2 seconds left in regulation, firing a shot from the blue line through traffic past Red Wings goalie Ville Husso.

Defenseman Cam Fowler, who had gone 11 consecutive games without a point, assisted on both Ducks goals in regulation.

It was a much stronger effort for the Ducks than last month’s loss in Detroit – a 5-1 defeat.

The Red Wings got a goal from rookie Jonatan Berggren (his first NHL goal), and there was an inspired individual effort from Michael Rasmussen, who fought off pressure from Ducks defenseman Simon Benoit. Rasmussen carried the puck out from behind the Ducks’ net, protected it, spun around and beat goalie John Gibson with a wrist shot.

That gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with 34.3 seconds remaining in the second period.

Before Klingberg’s late goal, the Ducks had plenty of power-play time in the final 20 minutes, including nearly a minute of 5-on-3. But they didn’t record a shot on goal during the two-man advantage.

Earlier, there were signs of improvement. Their power play – which was ranked last in the league to begin the day, produced a goal in the first period at 17:47. It was the right place at the right time for rookie forward Mason McTavish, who scored his second goal of the season, converting a rebound of Adam Henrique’s shot, tying it, 1-1.

It was a special night for Ducks forward Sam Carrick, who was playing his first NHL game since April 17 of last season. Carrick underwent offseason hip surgery – in May – and had to go through a long rehabilitation stint. He was activated after playing four games with the Ducks’ minor league affiliate in San Diego.

He was eased back into action – playing just 4:38 on the fourth line with Brett Leason and McTavish, who was moved back to the middle.

Coming out of the lineup was forward Max Comtois, who was scratched for the first time this season.

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The other scratches were defensemen Nathan Beaulieu (upper-body injury) and Drew Helleson. Helleson, who was acquired in the Josh Manson trade with Colorado in March, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 13 games with the San Diego Gulls. With defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower-body injury) going on IR on Tuesday, the Ducks called up Helleson.

More to come on this story.

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