Detroit Red Wings clip Anaheim Ducks’ wings for 12th straight loss, 3-1
By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT — The Anaheim Ducks dropped their heads on the bench and looked down at their skates, another defeat seemingly imminent.
Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend their franchise-record losing streak to 12 games.
“I just see the frustration,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
For the third straight setback, Anaheim went into the third period with a one-goal lead and failed to win.
“This is a familiar story for us,” said Carlyle, recently given a vote of confidence by general manager Bob Murray.
The Ducks’ losing streak is the NHL’s longest single-season skid since the Buffalo Sabres lost 14 straight games four years ago.
John Gibson stopped 22 shots for the Ducks, who haven’t won since Dec. 17. Prior to the skid, they had won nine of 10.
Jimmy Howard finished with 23 saves for the Red Wings, who won two straight for the first time in more than a month.
“It’s been a long time, so that feels nice, obviously,” Nyquist said. “I think we’ve been trending in the right direction for quite a while, to be honest with you, and not getting the wins. At the same time, it feels like we stand here talking about that and at some point, you’ve got to prove it. Hopefully, we can use these two wins and build on them.”
Detroit tied it 5:25 into the third when Anthony Mantha scored from the right circle, shooting the puck after it bounced off a cross-ice pass from Andreas Athanasiou.