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NHL: Red Wings take advantage of Ducks penalty woes, lead 1-0

March 2, 2011 |  8:51 pm

Redwings1_350 The Ducks' generosity has them in a 1-0 hole against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at the Honda Center. The Red Wings are 23-0-2 with a lead heading into the third period.

The Ducks took six penalties through two periods, giving Detroit, which has the NHL’s fifth-best power play, plenty of opportunities. The lack of discipline finally cost them.

With Brad Winchester sent off for interference, the Red Wings finally cashed in. Pavel Datsyuk whipped the puck from behind the goal line, which struck goaltender Dan Ellis and ricocheted into the net for a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period.

--Chris Foster

Photo: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen tries to fend off Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky while controlling the puck in the first period Wednesday night. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press