Giguere recorded 39 saves and Samuel Pahlsson had a goal and two assists for his first career three-point game as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim cooled off the Red Wings with a 4-1 victory.
With a chance to match a team-record nine-game winning streak, the Red Wings were shut down by Giguere, who stopped 10 shots in the first period, 14 in the second and 15 in the third.
His best save came late in the first when he stopped Sergei Fedorov on a breakaway while the Red Wings were shorthanded.
“Tonight, it was important to play well,” Giguere said. “We played well as a team. In the end, we got what we wanted all around. It was a good game for us, but we could have played a little better defensively.”
Detroit failed to get a point for the first time in 13 games and remained four ahead of second-place St. Louis in the Central Division. The Red Wings were 11-0-0-1 in their previous 12 contests.
“We had no rhythm at all,” coach Dave Lewis said. “We spent all the time killing penalties and it took us out of our game. We couldn’t get enough guys into a groove. We didn’t get any bounces. We spent all the ice time on defense.”
The Mighty Ducks remained tied with Minnesota for sixth in the Western Conference with 78 points and also avoided a season sweep against the Red Wings, who won the first three meetings.
“I think that the teams that are out of it are more dangerous to play against,” said Anaheim coach Mike Babcock, referring to recent losses to Phoenix and Atlanta. “They come to the rink with nothing to lose. I want our team to respond well under pressure. We did that tonight.”
The 20-year-old took a feed from Pahlsson and ripped a one-timer from the slot past goaltender Curtis Joseph.
“I just shot for the net and it felt great to see it go in,” Sauer said. “When you play a team like Detroit, it’s important to control the game, especially in the first two periods.”
“I told him a long time ago that I thought he is a 35-year-old in a 20-year-old body,” Babcock said. “He’s a big guy, he’s intelligent and it was great to see him score his first one.”
Things continued to unravel for the Red Wings as Pahlsson scored on a breakaway with 1:50 left in the second, just the third shorthanded goal allowed by Detroit this season. It also marked only the second time the Red Wings faced a four-goal deficit.
During a stretch in the first and second periods, Anaheim had six straight power plays. The Mighty Ducks were 0-or-8 with the man advantage.
“We get twice as many penalty-kills as any one else.” said Brett Hull, who spoiled Giguere’s shutout bid with 8:29 left. “It takes away from our game. We can’t get a feel for the game.”
Detroit dominated territorially in the the second, but Joseph surrendered two goals, despite facing only five shots in the period.
The Mighty Ducks outscored the Red Wings, 18-10, in the first period on the strengh of four power plays. Detroit did not get its first power play until just over six minutes left in the second.
“They seem to be more inspired,” Hull said. “They weren’t that way in years past.”
Joseph, who came in with a personal six-game winning streak, made 18 saves and was pulled after 40 minutes. Manny Legace stopped all five shots in the third, when the Mighty Ducks sat on their lead.
Detroit captain Steve Yzerman sat out for the second time in seven games since returning from reconstructive knee surgery.