The Red Wings took three penalties near the midway mark of the second period, but their penalty kill shined by keeping the Ducks off the board, including killing off a 5-on-3 advantage for a stretch of 1:25.
Detroit finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill on Sunday, and is 20-for-20 on the PK since Dec. 22 against Philadelphia.
“Tonight our special teams, I thought, was excellent,” Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde said. “It’s been a trend of late. Obviously our penalty kill has been lights out here of late with a really nice run.”
Zegras scored his second goal of the game at 3:55 of the third period, finishing Cam Fowler’s cross-ice feed inside the right faceoff circle to make it 2-2.
Rasmussen scored his pivotal goal by redirecting Moritz Seider’s shot from above the right faceoff circle into the back of the net off his left skate. Lucas Raymond also picked up an assist on Rasmussen’s ninth goal of the season, giving him eight points in eight games since Dec. 22.
“Just trying to build a wall there,” Rasmussen said about the play. “Just trying to get some sort of a piece on it. Obviously a great pass, so just tried to redirect it and get it in.”
NEXT UP: The Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers will open their season series at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.