Ducks shut out division-leading Golden Knights
Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in their Pacific Division showdown Monday night.
Anaheim regained sole possession of third place in the division, two points ahead of Los Angeles and Calgary. The Ducks are a point behind second-place San Jose.
Starting goalie John Gibson (22-15-6) stopped all 13 shots he saw for Anaheim, but was inadvertently clipped by Vegas’ Reilly Smith behind the net with three seconds left in the second period and didn’t return due to a lower-body injury.
Backup goalie Ryan Miller played cleanup in the third, stopping 20 shots to preserve the win.
Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury (19-7-2) made 18 saves.
The Ducks improved to 15-11-7 on the road this season and have won four of their last five games away from home. Anaheim became just the seventh team — and fifth in regulation — to win on Vegas’ home ice.
Vegas, which leads the NHL with 82 points, had its three-game winning streak stopped. The Golden Knights have won seven of 11.
Vegas is 22-5-2 at home. The 22 home wins match the NHL mark for an expansion team set by Gordie Howe and the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.
The Ducks did an excellent job congesting the passing lanes, and slowing a normally up-tempo Vegas team by getting physical every time the Golden Knights tried to attack. Playing heavy against one of the fastest lineups in the league, the Ducks outhit Vegas 28-25.
Silfverberg gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead after setting up in the slot and tipping in Andrew Cogliano’s wrist shot past defenseman Brad Hunt and Fleury. It was Silfverberg’s 13th goal of the season, Cogliano’s 17th assist and Rickard Rakell’s 25th assist.
Getzlaf, who played in his 898th game, thought he had given the Ducks a two-goal lead in the second period, but a replay review revealed Rakell was offside.
Seven minutes into the third, Getzlaf’s knuckler trickled through Fleury’s legs to make it 2-0.
NOTES: The Golden Knights, who have scored a power-play goal in 12 of the last 14 games, were 0 for 2 with a man advantage. The Golden Knights were without Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (injured reserve), Shea Theodore (scratch), James Neal (scratch) and Brendan Lepsic (healthy scratch). Prior to the game, Vegas recalled forwards Stefan Matteau and Tomas Hyka from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Anaheim’s Ondrej Kase is two games shy of 100 for his career.
Ducks: Host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.
Golden Knights: Host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
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