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Ducks’ skid continues with loss to Avalanche

Ducks goaltender John Gibson stops a shot by Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O'Connor.
Ducks goaltender John Gibson stops a shot by Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O’Connor during the third period Wednesday at Honda Center.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Pavel Francouz made 34 saves for his second career shutout, Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche earned a point in their 10th straight game, defeating the Ducks 2-0 on Wednesday night at the Honda Center.

Francouz made only his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season. He missed the first two months due to an ankle injury. Both of his shutouts have come against the Ducks. Francouz is 5-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .922 save percentage this season.

Samuel Girard also scored for the Avalanche, who are an NHL-best 9-0-1 in January. They also are 15-1-2 in their last 18 games.

Girard scored his first goal in 13 games with 1:31 remaining in the second period on a wrist shot from the slot that deflected off the skate of Anaheim’s Kevin Shattenkirk. Colorado’s defensemen lead the league with 38 goals, including four by Girard.

Kadri, fifth in the league with 51 points, moved into second in assists with his 36th on Girard’s score.

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Kadri scored on an empty net with 1:09 remaining for his 15th goal of the season.

John Gibson made 26 saves for Anaheim, which has lost its last four. It was his first game back in net after he missed the last five due to the league’s health and safety protocols.


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