Tatar’s hat trick sparks Wings’ 6-4 win over Ducks
The Red Wings finally scored a few goals and finally won a game.
Tomas Tatar scored three goals for his first career hat trick to lead Detroit to a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1), winning the last contest of a five-game homestand.
"We knew we weren't good enough the last four games," said Tatar, who was expected to be one of the team’s goal-scoring leaders but had only four coming into the game. "It's perfect timing."
Detroit, which came into the game 30th in the NHL in goals-per-game, scored six goals in a game for the first time this season. The Wings’ last six-goal game was last Feb. 14, in a win over the Boston Bruins at JLA.
Petr Mrazek made 21 saves, Detroit had 32 shots on goal and Thomas Vanek had two assists.
The Red Wings trailed 2-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the second before scoring three consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead going into the third.
Tatar (his second of the night), Dylan Larkin and defenseman Xavier Ouellet scored to give Detroit the lead for good. Tatar made it four straight goals when he completed his hat trick 4:51 into the third period.
Former Plymouth Whaler Rickard Rakell got his second goal of the game, 6:35 into the third period, to bring Anaheim to within a goal at 5-4. But Frans Nielsen scored with 9:27 left to complete the scoring.
“Sure a big relief. It’s been a tough stretch here,” Nielsen said. “I think we came out and we played tonight. We were skating, we were physical and we were getting pucks deep and we made sure they had to work for everything they got out there. “
The Ducks took a 3-1 lead 5:15 into the second period when three players with area ties combined on a goal.
On a rush down the middle of the Detroit zone against two defensemen, Livonia’s Ryan Kesler made a drop pass to former University of Michigan player Andrew Cogliano, who made a pass to defenseman Cam Fowler, who grew up in Farmington. His shot from the inside edge of the left circle beat Mrazek.
“I got to check a box off my list. I really wanted to get a goal in this building, and it was a special moment,” Fowler said. “I wish we could have won the game in the process.”
Tatar’s second goal of the game made it 3-2, 7:14 into the second. His shot, from the right circle off the rush, went off Fowler’s skate, off the backboards and deflected into the net off goalie Jonathan Bernier and the goal post.
Mrazek made a big save on Corey Perry’s tip attempt with 8:15 left in the middle period, and Larkin tied the game 3-3, 23 seconds later. A loose puck deflected in off Larkin’s skate. It was his 10th goal.
The goal survived a review from the NHL Situation Room in Toronto to insure the Larkin did not kick the puck in and a challenge from Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle that Larkin interfered with Bernier. The sequence of review and challenge took over six minutes.
Ouellet gave Detroit a 4-3 lead with 2:08 left in the middle period. His one-time shot from the high slot slipped through Bernier. It was Ouellet’s first goal.
Two power-play goals gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Rakell got his 13th goal 3:41 into the game, and Theodore made it 2-0 with 9:43 left in the opening period.
Tatar got his first goal of the game with 6:27 left in the first.