Not once since the Ducks distanced themselves from the Western Conference pack had goaltender Jonas Hiller recorded a shutout, but their plentiful production meant he never had to blank an opponent to be sure of a win. Sunday night, with their legs tiring in their third game in four days, the Ducks needed him to get a shutout. And he did. Hiller stopped 22 shots and Andrew Cogliano scored off a slick setup from Saku Koivu in the second period as the Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, at Honda Center to extend their winning streak to seven and long-term dominance to 17-1. For the Ducks, who tended to let up defensively while they scored four or more goals in their previous six games, this was a solid indication that they can win while playing a defensive style too. "It was a good game. It was a tight game. A playoff kind of game, I thought," said Hiller, who is tied for second among NHL goalies with 23 wins but ranks 15th in goals-against average (2.34) and 22nd in save percentage (.914). "Not too many scoring chances on both ends, but definitely happy to get away with a win." As the Ducks became only the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 or more games in an 18-game span and remained unbeaten in regulation at home (19-0-2), Hiller stretched his personal winning streak to 14. That matched the second-longest single-season streak in NHL history and put him three from the record set by Boston's Gilles Gilbert in the 1975-76 season. "Whenever you have a goalie that confident in the net, the team automatically plays better," Cogliano said. "You feel good in front of him. You feel like you can take chances and maybe take a little more risk because he's playing so well. We've been going on this little run here because of him." Their run was more like a trudge Sunday. They didn't have their usual speed or crispness and didn't have center Ryan Getzlaf, who sat out after taking a shot on his foot Saturday. He's expected to return Wednesday against Vancouver.
Jonas Hiller zeroes in on record as Ducks defeat Red Wings, 1-0
Los Angeles Times | Jan 13