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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Even when the weary Anaheim Ducks were missing their best skater on the dangerous end of back-to-back games, Jonas Hiller managed to keep his incredible winning streak intact. Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive victory, and the steamrolling Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Sunday night for their 17th victory in 18 games. Andrew Cogliano scored for the NHL-leading Ducks (35-8-5), who improved to 19-0-2 at home this season despite playing without injured scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf. All they needed was a second-period goal by Cogliano and 60 outstanding minutes from Hiller, who earned his third shutout of the year and the 19th of his career. "The win, thats what counts," Hiller said. "The other things are just something for yourself. ... Its nice to make a name for myself, but winning as a team is what its about." The Swiss Olympic team selection hasnt lost since Dec. 3, matching four other goalies for the second-longest winning streak in a single season in NHL history. His streak is the leagues longest in two decades, and trails only Gilles Gilberts 17-game run for Boston during the 1975-76 season. Hiller hadnt posted a shutout during the Ducks streak, and the Red Wings made him earn it all the way down to the frantic final minutes. "Our goalies have been amazing for us lately, especially Jonas," said Saku Koivu, whose pass set up Coglianos winning goal. "He made some key saves. The way hes been playing, hes give us some confidence. We know even if were not at our sharpest, were going to have a chance to win." The Ducks are just the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 games in an 18-game stretch, and their latest victory is their seventh straight since a loss at San Jose on Dec. 29. Anaheims powerful offence had scored at least four goals in each of its last six games, but didnt need more than Coglianos score to hold off the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for the Red Wings in a rematch of last seasons first-round matchup in the Western Conference playoffs. Detroit won Game 7 at Honda Center last spring to eliminate second-seeded Anaheim, which has won just one playoff round since earning its only Stanley Cup title in 2007. Hiller was nearly matched by Mrazek, who got his first start since Dec. 23 after Jimmy Howard injured his hip while making 44 saves in Detroits win over Los Angeles on Saturday night. "We played good enough to win, but we couldnt find a way," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "Mrazek played unbelievable in the net for us, and it was good to see him come in and play with that confidence. We got some opportunities on the power play, but couldnt score. Injuries happen, but we cant use that as an excuse. You have to deal with it." Getzlaf sat out for the Ducks after blocking a shot with his right foot during Saturdays win at Phoenix. X-rays on the captains foot were negative, and the absence of the NHLs fourth-leading scorer created mixed feelings for Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who will be Getzlafs coach for Canada at the Sochi Olympics next month. Detroit dropped to 2-2-0 on its five-game road trip, winning one of three in California. "Weve really competed hard in three of the first four games on the trip," Babcock said. "The reality is weve got to find a way to score. Our power play has got to be more dangerous." Detroit had more energy during a scoreless first period and again in the second, but Hiller was unbeatable. The Ducks went ahead after a Detroit turnover ended up with Koivu, who got the puck to Cogliano in front for his 15th goal, leaving him just three goals shy of his career high. Justin Abdelkader rang a shot off Hillers post with less than five minutes to play, but Hiller comfortably survived a Detroit power play in the final minutes and earned his 23rd victory. NOTES: Detroit played without veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk. Alfredsson has missed two games with back spasms, while Datsyuk has missed four straight with a lower-body injury. ... Anaheim played its fourth straight game without D Bryan Allen, who has a lower-body injury. ... The Ducks stuck with Hiller instead of giving an NHL debut to John Gibson, the touted 20-year-old goalie prospect recently recalled from the AHL. Gibson was brought up from Norfolk to back up Hiller so Frederik Andersen could get playing time in the minors. NaVorro Bowman Jersey . Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and Washington hit three solo homers in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. Patrick Willis Jersey . 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His apology came before a pregame ceremony in which the team honoured its 2004 team that won Bostons first World Series championship since 1918. "I realize that I behaved bad in Boston," Ramirez said.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On a defence in the middle of a generational shift, Lawrence Timmons is the constant.The faces that mentored the Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker when he broke into the NFL in 2007 are gone. James Farrior and Larry Foote have been replaced by youngsters Ryan Shazier, Sean Spence and Vince Williams.Now its Timmons who is among the elder statesmen in the meeting room. It is Timmons who is making the defensive calls. It is Timmons who is serving as 6 feet, 1 inch and 234 pounds of duct tape, going wherever is required to fix whatever problem arises.And it is Timmons — at last — who has finally filled the one gaping hole on his resume: Pro Bowler. The 28-year-old earned his first invitation to Hawaii on Wednesday, eight seasons into a steadily spectacular career that is no longer being taken for granted.From Day 1, LT has always worked hard, and you appreciate it, Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. And you want someone like that to be rewarded for it. And we were all happy to see Lawrence make it. There are a lot of good linebackers in this league right now, but LT has been one of the centre guys for a long time right now. So, it was long overdue.So much so that Hall of Fame defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeau long ago developed a stump speech for Timmons, who leads the Steelers (10-5) with a team-high 121 tackles to go with two sacks and an endless stream of quietly sublime plays where his ability to do his job has freed his teammates up to do theirs.In my opinion, he can get out on the field with anybody in the National Football League and play well, LeBeau said. And I think thats what an All-Pro is, and Ive said that repeatedly.Even if Timmons rarely says anything at all. There is a thankless quality that comes with playing inside linebacker for the Steelers, where the outside LBs are the ones who rack up the game-turning sacks and serve as the de facto intimidators, a lineage that stretches from James Harrison to Joey Porter to Greg Lloyd to Jack Ham.Timmons main responsibbility is to chase down running backs or drop into coverage.dddddddddddd Only occasionally does LeBeau allow Timmons to unleash his freakish speed on a dead sprint to the backfield. Yet theres little doubt Timmons could be among the best pass rushers in the league if let loose. Hes shown flashes while filling in on the outside at times the last few years because of injury, though its always back to the inside whenever there are enough healthy bodies around him.He just does whatever we ask him to do, even though that inside backer position was probably his best position the year that we were strapped outside with some injuries, and he went and played great outside, LeBeau said.While Pittsburghs defence is no longer the force it was a few years ago, the Steelers have improved steadily against the run since early in the season. They are one of six teams to allow fewer than 100 yards rushing on average and are 6-0 in their last six games when opponents fail to reach 100 yards on the ground.The improvement has as much to do with Timmons role in helping the young guys around him figure out what theyre supposed to be doing as it does his textbook tackling. Consider the next four inside linebackers behind Timmons on the depth chart — Shazier, Williams, Spence and Arthur Moats — began the season with five years of NFL experience combined.Hes somebody you turn to, said Spence, who is playing regularly for the first time after missing 2012 and 2013 with a devastating knee injury. Hes so productive and he knows whats expected here. You ask him a question and he always knows the answer.And he knows how to prioritize. In typical fashion, he downplayed the biggest individual achievement of his career. And given a choice, Timmons hopes hes busy playing for a seventh Steelers title instead of hanging out in paradise.Ill take the Super Bowl, Timmons said with a smile.___Freelance writer Dale Grdnic in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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