Ryan Whitney and Kyle Chipchura scored first-period goals, and the Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak at home to nine games with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Wed Wings on Wednesday night.
Jonas Hiller made 46 saves after stopping 33 shots Monday in a 3-0 victory at Florida. Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who can tie the franchise record for consecutive home wins Monday against Los Angeles.
Pavel Datsyuk scored a power-play goal and rookie Jimmy Howard made 27 saves for the injury-ravaged Red Wings, who haven't won consecutive games since Jan. 7-9 during a West Coast trip.
Playing at home for the first time since Jan. 19, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead 71 seconds into the game with their first shot. Whitney's drive skipped past Howard on the stick side as the goalie was screened by teammates Todd Bertuzzi and rookie Jonathan Ericsson.
Anaheim had to wait for a lengthy video review before its second goal was confirmed. Steve Eminger flipped the puck toward the net from the right point and it caromed off Chipchura's left hand and past Howard's glove.
The Red Wings outshot Anaheim 21-9 in the second period with the help of three power plays. The third led to Datsyuk's 15th goal, which tied Tomas Holmstrom and Bertuzzi for the team lead and sliced Detroit's deficit to 2-1 with 9.9 seconds left in the period.
Datsyuk sped down the slot between defensemen Scott Niedermayer and James Wisniewski and beat Hiller to the glove side, ending Hiller's career-best shutout streak at 155 minutes, 3 seconds.
It was a small measure of payback for Datsyuk, who was robbed on a glove save by Hiller at 1:46 of the second period during another power play.
NOTES: The defending Western Conference champion Red Wings are tied in points with Nashville and Calgary at the playoff cutoff line. The Ducks, 11-4 in their last 15 games, are three points behind ninth-place Detroit. ... Ericsson, benched by coach Mike Babcock for Tuesday's victory at San Jose, fought rookie Troy Bodie less than 3 minutes after Whitney's goal. ... LW Jason Blake, obtained by Anaheim from Toronto on Sunday, became the 20th player to play a regular-season game for the Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. ... The Red Wings, who came in averaging the second-fewest penalty minutes in the NHL (9.3), were short-handed twice. ... The teams split the four-game season series, with each team winning twice at home. The only time Anaheim won a season series from Detroit was 1996-97, when they were 3-0 with a tie against the eventual Stanley Cup champs. ... The Red Wings are 12-15-6 when their opponent scores first.
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