ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – John Gibson made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored 11 seconds apart in the first period and the re-tooled Anaheim Ducks snapped a franchise-record 12-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Thursday night.
Brian Gibbons added his second goal of the season for Anaheim, which made four trades in the previous three days.
The Ducks added forwards Devin Shore and Derek Grant, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto in a series of deals, along with receiving minor league forward Justin Kloos in an exchange with Minnesota.
Alex Stalock allowed three goals on eight shots for the Wild before being pulled in favor of Devan Dubnyk, who stopped 15 shots after he was expected to get another night of rest.
Minnesota has also been busy making deals. Earlier Thursday, Minnesota traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Victor Rask. Pontus Aberg played his first game for the Wild after being acquired from Anaheim for Kloos.
The Ducks started quickly in this one as Henrique scored his eighth goal of the season just 3:57 into the game. Just 11 seconds later, Shore drove the net and had the puck poked away by Stalock. But the loose puck when right to Rakell in front and he had an open net for his ninth goal of the season.
Shore was playing his second game with Anaheim after being acquired from Dallas.
Gibbons scored less than four minutes later, tipping a shot from the point from defenseman Andy Welinkski and ending Stalock’s night.
Dubnyk, the Wild’s All-Star representative, had started 16 of 17 games before Stalock led Minnesota to a win against Los Angeles on Tuesday with 31 saves. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Dubnyk was feeling tired and tried to give his top netminder another night off Thursday.
NOTES: Del Zotto and Kloos were scratched for Anaheim. Del Zotto, acquired from Vancouver, isn’t expected to join the team until the current road trip ends on Sunday. … Anaheim F Max Jones made his NHL debut after being recalled a day earlier when Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler were placed on injured reserve with lower-body injuries. … Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play and Minnesota has now killed off two of the past 21 opponent power plays. … Thursday represented the first time Stalock has started two straight games since a career-best seven in a row from Dec. 14-27, 2017. … Wild F Zach Parise had a career-high 11 shots on goal.
Ducks: Play at New Jersey on Saturday.
Wild: Host Columbus on Saturday.
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