“This was by far the best game we’ve played so far, a full solid effort for 60 minutes in every area,” Teemu Selanne said Wednesday night after the Ducks dominated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Anaheim’s defence kept pressure off goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere most of the game, and he had a shutout going until rookie Tomas Kopecky scored his first NHL goal with 5:36 remaining. Giguere finished with 21 saves.
Ryan Getzlaf started a three-goal outburst on power plays as the Ducks took command in the second period. Rookie Shane O’Brien added his first NHL goal shortly after and Chris Kunitz made it 3-0 late in the period.
Corey Perry, who had two assists, capped Anaheim’s scoring in the third period.
The Ducks went 3-for-10 on the power play, and their penalty-killing unit held the Red Wings to 0-for-7.
“Everybody played exactly the way we’ve got to play every night, so that’s a good step forward. I was expecting this sooner or later,” said Selanne, who assisted on O’Brien’s goal and had an apparent score of his own disallowed in the opening period.
Getzlaf, O’Brien and Kunitz each had an assist.
“We knew on paper we had the players to do it here,” Giguere said. “We’ve had a good start and we just have to keep building on it.”
O’Brien, a 23-year-old defenceman taken as the 250th player in the 2003 NHL draft, was excited about his 50-foot wrist shot from near the right boards that sailed past a screened Dominik Hasek.
“Teemu gave me a great pass. The puck slid out to me and I saw big Pens (Dustin Penner) in front of the net and could hardly see Hasek, so I just thought if I got it through and got it on net, good things would happen,” O’Brien said.
“I’ll have to call my buddies back home. One of them is a big Red Wings fan, so he’s going to hear about it for sure. Hasek is a great goalie. I watched him a lot growing up, so it’s just a surreal feeling.”
Getzlaf beat Hasek on a 20-foot slap shot at 8:46 of the second period, his second goal of the season. O’Brien quickly made it 2-0, then Kunitz added his fourth at 18:13 of the period.
Hasek, who faced 31 shots, said, “They were the faster team. There was always someone waiting for a rebound or shielding me.”
Former Anaheim coach Mike Babcock, in his second season as the Red Wings’ coach, was impressed by the Ducks.
“You’ve got to give them credit; they played real well. They’re one of the best teams in the league,” Babcock said. “When we got into penalty trouble, we kind of lost our emotions and got frustrated. Next thing you know, that just led to more.”
Selanne appeared to score the game’s first goal late in the opening period, but a review showed the net had been knocked off its mooring shortly before he shot.
Notes: Selanne, who had 40 goals last season, has just one this season, on Oct. 7 against Phoenix. … Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, no factor in Wednesday’s game, had four goals and four assists in 11 previous games against Anaheim, including three of the Red Wings’ nine goals as they took the series 3-1 last season.