Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who have won four in a row to pull into a first-place tie with Nashville in the Central Division. After a ceremony that lasted nearly 1½ hours, Tomas Holmstrom kept the sold-out crowd happy with a power-play goal one minute into the second period. Ryan Getzlaf made it 1-1 a couple of minutes later while the Ducks had a two-man advantage.
Anaheim's Ilja Bryzgalov made 28 saves, filling in for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has not played since injuring his groin last week. The Ducks have lost three straight.
Yzerman retired last summer at age 41 after 22 seasons - all in Detroit - and stayed with the organization as a vice-president.
He led the Red Wings to Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002. His career ended with 1,755 regular-season points, a total that led all active players last season and trails just five in NHL history.
His jersey became the sixth retired by the storied franchise and was hoisted to the rafters alongside Gordie Howe's No. 9, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuck's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12.