(Reuters) - The Detroit Red Wings survived an anxious 2-1 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks to extend their home winning streak to 19 games.
The victory moves the Red Wings within one win of tying the NHL record of 20 successive home victories set by Boston in 1929-30 and matched by Philadelphia in 1976. Detroit’s next home game is Sunday against the Flyers.
Todd Bertuzzi scored the shootout winner with a backhand to the top corner and third string goalie Joey MacDonald, who was stellar in the later stages of the game, turned aside Bobby Ryan’s attempt to secure the win.
In a penalty-filled overtime period, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler nearly ended the streak as he slipped behind the Detroit defense and beat MacDonald with a fake to the backhand only to hit the post.
Ducks winger George Parros scored his first goal of the season late in the first period but the lead was short-lived as Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader leveled the score less than three minutes later.
MacDonald, recalled from the minors on February 3 and playing in his fourth game of the season, made 14 of his 30 saves in the third period and overtime to force the game to the shootout.
(Corrects scorer of Ducks goal in fifth paragraph after NHL change)
Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Nick Mulvenney