Key play: Riley Sheahan scored the go-ahead goal with 3:44 left and the Detroit Red Wings took a 2-1 victory Sunday from the Ducks at the Honda Center. The Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf failed to control a clearing pass and Dylan Larkin picked it up and passed to Sheahan.
Pivotal performers: The Ducks’ penalty killers showed early in the first period why they have been the NHL’s top-ranked unit for most of the season. With the Red Wings leading 1-0 after only 16 seconds, the Ducks’ penalty-kill blanked Detroit on two pivotal chances over the next few minutes.
Injury update: Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner returned to the lineup after sitting out for three games because of an unspecified lower-body injury. Korbinian Holzer, who replaced Stoner for the last three contests, was scratched from the lineup.
Quote, unquote: “We’re resilient and strong mentally,” Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. “We’ve been through a lot already. We’ve taken our lumps and bounced back. We’ve been determined. We’re OK mentally. We’ve had some tough losses this year, and this is one of them.”
Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks for the fourth consecutive game and figures to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Ducks don’t play on consecutive nights until playing the Capitals in Washington and the Red Wings in Detroit on Jan. 22-23.