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Facts and Figures: Big night for goalies

Gibson helps Ducks end 12-game slide; Lundqvist, Rask each reach milestone @NHLdotcom

Gibson's 18th career shutout

ANA@MIN: Gibson makes 37 saves to blank the Wild

John Gibson makes 37 saves to earn his 18th career shutout, as the Ducks snap a 12-game losing streak in a 3-0 win against the Wild

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John Gibson's 37-save shutout helped the Anaheim Ducks end a 12-game losing streak, their longest since entering the NHL in 1993, by defeating the Minnesota Wild 3-0 at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday in one of a number of outstanding goaltending performances.

Gibson earned his 18th NHL shutout and the Ducks ended an 0-8-4 drought with their first victory since a 4-2 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 17. It's the sixth time in NHL history a team ended a stretch of at least 12 games without a victory with a shutout. The others: New York Islanders (Nov. 26, 2010), Washington Capitals (Nov. 14, 1981), Boston Bruins (March 15, 1962), Montreal Canadiens (Jan. 1, 1936) and Chicago Blackhawks (Feb. 5, 1929).

But Gibson wasn't the only goaltender to have a big night.


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* Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to help the New York Rangers hold off the Blackhawks 4-3 at Madison Square Garden for his 445th NHL win, tying Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the NHL's all-time list. Ironically, Sawchuk's final three NHL victories came with the Rangers, in 1969-70. Sawchuk was 445-336 with 171 ties; Lundqvist is 445-287-90, including 102 extra-time wins (41 in overtime, 61 in shootouts).

* Tuukka Rask earned his 252nd NHL win when the Boston Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 at TD Garden. He tied Tiny Thompson (252-153-63) for the most victories by a goalie in Bruins history. Rask is 252-145-56, with 50 extra-time wins (26 in overtime, 24 in shootouts).

* Robin Lehner made 16 saves in the Islanders' 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum, improving to 10-1-0 in his past 11 games. Lehner is 14-7-3 this season, matching his win total for all of last season with the Buffalo Sabres (14-26-9), and leads all goaltenders (minimum 20 games played) with a 2.11 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. The Islanders (27-15-4, 58 points) moved within one point of the Columbus Blue Jackets (28-15-3, 59 points) and Capitals (27-14-5, 59 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division. New York plays at Washington on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, NBCSWA, MSG+, NHL.TV) in coach Barry Trotz's first game at the Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup last season.

* Jack Campbell's 29-save performance helped the Los Angeles Kings hold off the Dallas Stars 2-1 at American Airlines Center. Campbell lost his shutout bid with 1:04 remaining in the third period when Esa Lindell scored but hung on to win his first career decision against the team that selected him in the first round (No. 10) the 2010 NHL Draft but traded him to the Kings on June 25, 2016.


Marner helps Maple Leafs edge League-leading Lightning

Forward Mitchell Marner's goal at 14:49 of the second period broke a tie and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended the Tampa Bay Lightning's home winning streak at nine games with a 4-2 win at Amalie Arena. The Maple Leafs (29-15-2, 60 points) matched their record for fewest games (46) needed to reach 60 points in a season. They are 14 points behind the NHL-leading Lightning (36-10-2, 74 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Marner (60 points; 19 goals, 41 assists) became the first player in Maple Leafs history to begin his NHL career with three consecutive 60-point seasons. The only Toronto player to have at least 60 points in each of his first three seasons with the Maple Leafs at any point in his career is Eddie Olczyk (1987-88 through 1989-90), who did so after spending three seasons with the Blackhawks. Two others did so after being acquired during a previous season: Norm Ullman (1968-69 through 1971-72) and Rick Vaive (1980-81 through 1986-87).

Video: TOR@TBL: Tavares sets up Marner for sweet goal


Jets defeat Predators, extend Central Division lead

Center Bryan Little extended his point streak to seven games and Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves to help the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets (31-14-2, 64 points) stretch their lead over the Nashville Predators (28-17-4, 60 points) to four points with a 5-1 win at Bridgestone Arena.

Little has nine points (five goals, four assists) during his point streak, which matches the longest of his NHL career. It's the second-longest point streak by a Winnipeg player this season; forward Blake Wheeler had points in 11 straight games from Oct. 18 through Nov. 14.

Hellebuyck earned his 21st win, tying Toronto's Frederik Andersen for third in the NHL behind Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights (26) and Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks (22).


Perron extends point streak

Forward David Perron had an assist in the Blues' loss at Boston to extend the NHL's longest active point streak to 13 games. He's the eighth different Blues player to have a streak of at least 13 games. Forwards Mike Hoffman of the Florida Panthers (17 games), Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche (14), Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (14) and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings (14) are the only players who have had longer streaks this season.

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