Video: Getzlaf’s ugly turnover leads to Sheahan’s game-winner


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Riley Sheahan scored the second goal for the Detroit Red Wings twice Sunday night.

The first time, it happened too fast for officials on the ice or in the NHL command center to see it. The second, no one could doubt.

Sheahan scored with 3:44 remaining in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.

After Sheahan forced a turnover inside the Ducks’ zone by tying up Ryan Getzlaf at the blue line, Dylan Larkin controlled the loose puck and got it back to Sheahan for a wrist shot past John Gibson.

“Just kind of a broken play,” Sheahan said. “We had a chance to get some possession in the O-zone. Larks made a great pass and I don’t think the goalie was really ready for it.”

But that goal might not have been needed if not for a bizarre set of circumstances in the first period. Sheahan fired a shot from just inside the blue line, but figured he hit the post after it bounced up and out of play. However, television replays showed the puck went in before hitting off the camera inside the goal and going through the top of the netting. The shot was not ruled a goal in real-time and a video review did not overrule the initial call.

Larkin said he saw the netting “jump up” and thought it was a goal. Sheahan wasn’t quite as sure.

“I just saw it hit off something and go up, so I figured it wasn’t in,” Sheahan said. “I was a little confused at what we were looking at.”

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill looked at the play between periods and understood why the initial ruling stood. Everything else he saw – Tomas Tatar also scored and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak to Anaheim – was indicative of a team finding its groove.

Detroit has won four straight for the first time this season, doing so on its longest trip.

“Because of our veteran leadership we’re a team that can win on the road,” Blashill said. “When momentum starts going the other way you got to really play smart hockey, and I think our guys did that tonight.”

Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, and Gibson stopped 22 shots. Anaheim did not earn a point for only the second time in its last nine games.

Detroit took the lead just 16 seconds in, with Tatar’s pass redirecting in off Hampus Lindholm‘s stick at the top of the crease.

Anaheim seemed out of sorts after falling behind, with Ryan Kesler and Vatanen taking unnecessary penalties. Nate Thompson had a short-handed breakaway on the second Red Wings’ power play but sent his shot off the crossbar and out of play. The Ducks’ first official shot on goal didn’t come until exactly halfway through the period.

The second was much more effective. Perry took Getzlaf’s pass and put a backhand in top shelf to tie the game. It was Perry’s 16th goal of the season and third in the last four games.

Anaheim nearly took the lead seconds later on a 3-on-2 rush off the ensuing faceoff but Shawn Horcoff whiffed on the shot.

“The margin of error is very slim when you’re averaging less than two goals a game,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We had opportunities to score. We just didn’t finish.”

With a noticeable and vocal contingent of Red Wings fans in attendance, the game took on an atmosphere recalling the fierce playoff battles between the two teams before Detroit joined the Eastern Conference in 2014.

“I thought it was an unreal hockey game,” Blashill said. “It ebbed and flowed and had great chances both ways.”

NOTES: Perry needed cosmetic dental work after being hit in the face by Danny DeKeyser‘s stick late. … Anaheim killed all three Detroit power plays and has not allowed a power-play goal in its last seven games. … Detroit scratched C Joakim Andersson and D Jakub Kindl. Kindl, a first-round pick in 2005, cleared waivers Sunday. … Detroit continues its six-game Monday night at Los Angeles. … Anaheim returns to action Wednesday night at home against Ottawa.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.