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Published: Monday, 1/13/2014 - Updated: 11 months ago

Hiller stymies Red Wings, wins 14th straight contest

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive victory, and the steamrolling Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Sunday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.

Andrew Cogliano scored in the second period for the NHL-leading Ducks, who improved to 19-0-2 at home this season despite playing without injured scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf.

Hiller was outstanding in the second game of back-to-back starts, earning his third shutout of the year and the 19th of his career. The Swiss Olympic team selection hasn't lost since Dec. 3, matching four other goalies for the second-longest winning streak in a single season in NHL history.

Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for the Red Wings in a rematch of last season's first-round matchup in the Western Conference playoffs.

Detroit won Game 7 at Honda Center last spring to eliminate second-seeded Anaheim, which has won just one playoff round since earning its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.

The Ducks were just the seventh team in NHL history to win 16 games in a 17-game stretch, and their latest victory is their seventh straight since a loss to San Jose on Dec. 29. Anaheim had scored at least four goals in each of its last six games, but didn't need more than Cogliano's score to hold off the Red Wings.

Hiller's winning streak is the NHL's longest in two decades, and trails only Gilles Gilbert's 17-game run for Boston during the 1975-76 season in NHL history.

He was nearly matched by Mrazek, who got his first start since Dec. 23 after Jimmy Howard injured his hip while making 44 saves in Detroit's win over Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Getzlaf sat out for the Ducks after blocking a shot with his right foot during Saturday's win at Phoenix. X-rays on the captain's foot were negative, and the absence of the NHL's fourth-leading scorer created mixed feelings for Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who will be Getzlaf's coach for Canada at the Sochi Olympics next month.

The Ducks went ahead after a neutral-zone turnover got to Saku Koivu, who got the puck to Cogliano in front for his 15th goal.



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