Anaheim Ducks Use Third Period Surge To Defeat Detroit Red Wings

By Andy Schmidt
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL season has been one to remember so far for the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks continued their hot start, scoring twice within 48 seconds during the third period of a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Anaheim is now 10-2-1 on the year, and it doesn’t look like any team can really slow the Ducks down right now. A win on the road in Detroit is just another giant step forward for Anaheim as the team goes past the quarter point of their season.

Anaheim scored three straight goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit in getting the win and got another solid performance in goal by Viktor Fasth, who still hasn’t lost this season. Fasth has been a savior for a team that was going to depend on Jonas Hiller as their full-time goaltender. Fasth moved to 7-0 with the victory, and it is reaching a point where Hiller may end up being the backup to Fasth until Fasth cools down some.

This is a very dangerous team in Anaheim with a ton of confidence. If the team can keep getting scoring out of Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan along with this goalkeeping, the Ducks are a real threat to get to the Stanley Cup Finals in June. I wouldn’t have said that when the season started, but it is happening right before my very eyes. The only team in the Western Conference that could slow Anaheim down is the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Ducks just beat them in a shootout the other night. I would be watching to see what the Ducks do the rest of the year.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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