For 25 seconds, the Red Wings had their fans feeling like this could be the night when the home ice disadvantage was no more.
They were some glorious 25 seconds.
Unfortunately, the other 59:35 didn’t go so well.
Tomas Jurco scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game at the 3:15 mark of the first period, and the Red Wings had a 1-0 lead over the Anaheim (they really are Mighty this year) Ducks.
That lead held for all of 25 seconds.
With Joe Louis Arena still buzzing over Jurco’s goal, in which he took a neatly lilted pass from Drew Miller behind the Anaheim defense, deked, and then slipped the puck beneath Jonas Hiller’s pads, the Ducks tied the game.
A shot from the blue line was partially blocked by Dan Cleary, but the puck caromed hard off the back boards and onto the stick of Jakob Silfverberg, who swatted the puck past Jonas Gustavsson. Just like that, the game was tied, 1-1.
Less than two minutes later, the Ducks went ahead when Nick Bonino took a smart pass from Daniel Winnik and beat Gustavsson from the low slot for a 2-1 Anaheim lead.
At 18:17, Corey Perry scored his 22nd goal of the season when he skated to the face-off circle and beat Gustavsson cleanly to the stick side. That goal ended Gustavsson’s night.
Petr Mrazek came in and with one second to go in the period, Sami Vatanen blasted a shot from the top of the circle off a drop pass and beat Mrazek cleanly, if also embarrassingly.
4-1 Ducks after 20 minutes.
The rest of the game was another shell shocked performance by the injury-depleted Red Wings (15-12-9), who lost to Anaheim, 5-2.
BOTTOM LINE: The Ducks seemed peeved about Jurco’s goal and never looked back after tying the game so quickly.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: The lack of confidence grows each night as the Red Wings fell to 0-4-2 in their past six games and 5-9-6 at home for the season. The first period left everyone from the Red Wings to the souvenir vendors stunned. This is a team whose only playoff hope is to tread water until their many injured regulars return. And right now the Red Wings are sinking instead.