It didn’t make up for their disappointment over losing Game 7 of their first-round playoff series to Detroit at the Honda Center last spring, but the Ducks had many reasons to be pleased Sunday with their 1-0 home victory over the Red Wings.
In winning their seventh straight game and 17th in the past 18, the Ducks remained the only NHL team that hasn’t lost in regulation at home this season, at 19-0-2. They also increased their league-leading point total to 75. They’re only the fifth team since the 1973-74 season to record points in each of their first 21 home games.
In addition, goaltender Jonas Hiller extended his club-record winning streak to 14 with his first shutout of that streak. He made 22 saves against the injury-depleted but feisty Red Wings to record his third shutout of the season.
Andrew Cogliano scored the game’s only goal, at 12 minutes 42 seconds of the second period. Kyle Palmieri blocked an attempted clearing pass by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith and got the puck to Saku Koivu. The Finnish center made a perfectly timed pass to an onrushing Cogliano that he turned into his 15th goal this season.
The Ducks (35-8-5) were without center Ryan Getzlaf, who sustained a lower-body injury during the Ducks’ Saturday win at Phoenix. His status is day to day.
For Detroit, which was visiting Anaheim for the first time since that playoff triumph last spring, goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots while Jimmy Howard rested a sore hip flexor muscle. Mrazek also got some help from the post and the crossbar on two shots by Ducks right wing Corey Perry during a third-period power play.
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