By Dave Hart
Red Wings 2, Ducks 1 – Riley Sheahan’s game-winning goal with 3:44 left in regulation propelled the Red Wings to victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Tomas Tatar opened the scoring for Detroit, scoring his 13th goal of the season just 16 seconds into the contest.
The Ducks responded with a goal from Corey Perry at the 13:35 mark of the first period.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until Tatar’s goal at the 16:16 mark of the third period. Dylan Larkin picked up the lone assist.
The Red Wings are now 22-13-7 on the season, good for 51 points and second place in the Atlantic Division.
Detroit will continue its west coast trip Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Record: 22-13-7 51 pts
2nd Place in Atlantic Division (3 pts behind Florida)
3rd Place in Eastern Conference (16 pts behind Washington)
5 pts ahead of Ottawa for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 76 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 86 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 97 pts
Next Game: 01/11/2016 @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30 p.m. @ Staples Center
Stats: Goals- Tomas Tatar (13), Riley Sheahan (7). Assists- Dylan Larkin (15). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (15-8-3) 30 saves on 31 shots.