NHL Wrap: Ducks hand 'Hawks 3rd straight loss

NHL Wrap: Ducks hand 'Hawks 3rd straight loss
December 7, 2013, 12:00 am
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Jonas Hiller and the Ducks handed the Blackhawks their third straigth defeat Friday night in Chicago. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO -- Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks finally grabbed another shootout win. Against a good team, too.

Hiller stopped Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane in the tiebreaker, leading the Ducks to a 3-2 win Friday night and sending the Chicago Blackhawks to their third consecutive loss.

Anaheim was coming off consecutive shootout losses to Los Angeles and San Jose. It had lost four tiebreaker games in a row since it beat Phoenix 3-2 on Oct. 18 in its first shootout game of the season.

"It's been a while," said Hiller, who had 23 saves in regulation and overtime.

After Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago on the first shootout attempt, Nick Bonino responded for Anaheim. Hiller then stopped Sharp, and Kyle Palmieri beat Antti Raanta with a backhand to give the Ducks the advantage.

When Hiller made the save on Kane at the other end, it was over (see full recap).

Red Wings continue to stay hot, top Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Detroit Red Wings made the most of their offensive opportunities against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

"It was a game that was offensively challenged by both teams," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after his Red Wings beat the Devils 3-1.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals Detroit, which has won five of six.

Joakim Andersson also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 10 saves for the Red Wings.

"(The Red Wings have) to keep (winning). Tough without big guys but it's important to see we can win without them," Franzen said. "(It's) big for us to see we can win without them."

Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row (see full recap).

McElhinney, Blue Jackets blank Wild
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage of the Minnesota Wild, who were coming off an emotional game a day earlier.

The Blue Jackets got goals from Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 in a 4-0 victory on Friday night.

"We talked about them playing last night and there was definitely an emphasis to jump all over them," Umberger said, referring to the Wild's 4-3 home win over Chicago. "We were moving pretty good."

The Blue Jackets had not played since Tuesday, filling the time with two hard, full practices in which they were able to work on several problem areas.

Minnesota's Zach Parise knew his team didn't have its heart in the game.

"We were just flat and not crisp," he said. "We were pretty brutal through the neutral zone and couldn't get anything generated."

Wild coach Mike Yeo didn't want to use his club's first home win over the Blackhawks since 2008 as an excuse, but still thought that was the root of his club's problems (see full recap).