Thanks to John Gibson, the Ducks were able to earn their first regulation win of the season.
Gibson stopped 41 shots, including 17 in the third period, and the Ducks New York Rangers 3-2 Wednesday night.
,[Gibson] was unbelievable. Just an outstanding performance by him,” said Ducks coach Dallas Eakins. “I think you saw our lack of playing with the lead, it was almost like we were waiting for something bad to happen. And we’re so thankful he didn’t have anything.
Dmitri Kulikov had a goal and an assist, while Mason McTavish and Troy Terry also scored for the Ducks, who had dropped six of their last seven coming into the game.
In 20 games, the Ducks missed most of the games tying the Arizona Coyotes to start the season without any regulation wins.
“It’s kind of a relief to close out a game like that. It was a big night for us in many different aspects,” said Terry, who has three goals in the last six games to his credit. “I think we’ve had a bad habit this year that when we’re tied or winning, we kind of back off, just try not to get runs and we stop taking the game to them. I thought we did a better job than that tonight.
The Rangers were playing their second game of a Southern California set after defeating the Kings on Tuesday night. He made a move by Minnesota trade enforcer Ryan Reeves before Wednesday’s game.
Barkley Goodrow and Braden Schneider scored for New York, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 19 shots.
Artemiy Panarin picked up his 400th career assist on Schneider’s second period goal to bring the Rangers within one goal.
Penarin had a chance to tie it up with 3:46 remaining, but his shot hit the post and Kapo Kako missed it in.
“We hit five goal posts and the crossbar. We had plenty of chances and Gibson stood on his head,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “I’m disappointed we didn’t get any points from it. We played hard and well. If you play like that, you’re going to win a lot of these games.”
Gibson made his share of great saves to keep the Ducks in the game, including stopping Kakko on a breakaway midway through the second period.
Goodrow blocked John Klingberg’s shot in the Ducks’ offensive zone, got on the ice and then fired a wrist shot through Gibson’s pads to start the scoring at 8:51. It was Goodrow’s 50th career goal and fifth of the season.
The Ducks responded 31 seconds later when McTavish knocked in a rebound after Halak made a pad save on a shot from Kulikov’s point. It was McTavish’s third of the season, all of which came in the previous nine games.
Kulikov put Anaheim ahead 2–1 just 39 seconds into the second with a wrist shot off the side boards that ricocheted off Halak’s pads and into the net.
Terry made it a two-goal advantage five minutes later, with a snap shot from inside the left faceoff circle that went over the top shelf just inside the far post.