ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, Dan Cleary and Drew Miller scored first-period goals, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks on the road for the second time in three days with a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.
The Ducks, who trail idle Chicago by three points for the NHL’s best record, have dropped consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season following a 22-3-4 start that was the best in franchise history. They also had back-to-back shootout losses on the road against the Phoenix Coyotes earlier this month.
Just two nights after a 5-1 defeat that included Justin Abdelkader’s first NHL hat trick, the Ducks took the ice knowing that if the playoffs started Sunday, their first-round opponent would be Detroit. And they got off to an inauspicious start, falling behind 2-0 in the first period in front of their eighth sellout crowd of the season.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf scored on a power play with 46 seconds left in the second period, ending his 13-game goal drought against Detroit. Jonas Hiller stopped 21 shots after going 8-0-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his previous 10 starts.
PENGUINS 2, FLYERS 1, OT: In Pittsburgh, Tyler Kennedy scored 2:33 into overtime as Pittsburgh ran its winning streak to 12 games.
Sidney Crosby tied things late in regulation and Kennedy won it with his fifth goal of the season, a wrist shot from the left circle.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for Pittsburgh, which remained unbeaten in March.
CANUCKS 3, AVALANCHE 2: In Denver, Mason Raymond and Alexandre Burrows scored in the second period as Vancouver won to move into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division.
Jason Garrison added a goal for the Canucks, winners of four straight. Vancouver moved ahead of idle Minnesota by two points for the conference lead.
ISLANDERS 3, PANTHERS 0: In Uniondale, N.Y., Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald scored the winning goal to lift New York.
It was Nabokov’s third shutout this season for the Islanders, who moved within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference despite having won only six of 19 home games this season.
CAPITALS 3, RANGERS 2, SO: In New York, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout and regulation to lift Washington.
Braden Holtby made 30 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three of four Rangers in the shootout as the Capitals extended their winning streak to three.
FLAMES 3, BLUES 2: In Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal at 12:58 of the third period to lift Calgary.
Iginla found himself on a partial breakaway thanks to a nice pass from Alex Tanguay. St. Louis defenseman Wade Redden knocked the puck away, but Iginla stayed with the play to score a wrap-around goal.
Roman Cervenka scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 36 of 38 shots and the Flames snapped a three-game losing skid while extending their winning streak on home ice to seven straight games.