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Ducks 1, Red Wings 0

The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goalie Jonas Hiller captured his 14th consecutive victory and guided the streaking Anaheim Ducks to a 1-0 decision over the Detroit Red Wings before a sellout crowd of 17,375 at Honda Center on Sunday night.

The Ducks (35-8-5) extended their unbeaten run in regulation at home to 19-0-2. They also swept the two-game series from the Red Wings (20-16-10). Anaheim recorded a 5-2 win at Detroit on Dec. 17.

Anaheim remains the NHL's hottest club, winning its seventh in a row and 17 of its last 18 games.

Center Andrew Cogliano's second-period goal held up as Hiller earned the shutout despite several point-blank shots by the Red Wings throughout the contest.

Hiller became just the fifth netminder to win 14 consecutive wins. Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso was the last goaltender to accomplish the feat in 1993. Hiller needs three wins to tie the record of 17 straight victories by Boston's Gilles Gilbert, who recorded the mark from Dec. 1975 through Feb. 1976.

Hiller finished with 22 saves. Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek also stopped 22 shots.

The lone goal came when center Saku Koivu zipped a pass by defenseman Brendan Smith in front of the Detroit net to a streaking Cogliano, who banged it home at 12:42 of the second period. It was Cogliano's 15th goal.

Both clubs were playing their second games in as many nights. The Ducks were coming off a 5-3 decision at the Phoenix Coyotes, while the Red Wings registered a 3-1 win in Los Angeles over the Kings on Saturday.

Anaheim played without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who suffered a leg injury in Saturday's victory over the Coyotes. Detroit was minus right winger Daniel Alfredsson, second on the team in points with 30 who missed his second consecutive game with back spasms. Injuries also kept Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, defenseman Alexey Marchenko and Darren Helm off the ice.

NOTES: Detroit LW Tomas Tatar, who scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, will fly home to Slovakia after the game for his father's funeral, according to Michigan Live. Tatar's father passed Saturday. Tatar is expected to miss Thursday's road contest against the New York Rangers. ...Anaheim C Saku Koivu was penalized three times in a little more than a period. He was sent to the box twice in the first period for high sticking and tripping and less than two minutes into the second for holding. ... Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf has 36 points in the past 25 games. ... The Ducks host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday before embarking on a two-game road swing against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. ... After Thursday's match against the Rangers, Detroit opens a five-game homestand beginning Saturday against the Kings.
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