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Gibson, Perry propel Ducks past Panthers

Goalie makes 50 saves, forward gets two assists for Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- John Gibson made 50 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center on Sunday.

Gibson improved to 12-0-0 in his NHL career when making at least 36 saves, and 4-0-0 this season when facing 40 shots or more.

"When you come into a game, you might get 10 [saves] or you might get 50," Gibson said. "You have to be ready to play every night."

 

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Rickard Rakell and Brandon Montour scored power-play goals, Josh Manson also scored, and Corey Perry had two assists for the Ducks (9-7-3), who have won three of four following a four-game losing streak (0-2-2).

Vincent Trocheck and Keith Yandle each had a goal and an assist for Florida (7-11-2), and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves.

The Panthers were coming off a 4-0 loss at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

"We're running into hot goalies," Yandle said. "We are getting opportunities and it comes down to a couple bounces here and there."

Each team scored a power-play goal in the second period, and the Panthers had another disallowed when Jonathan Huberdeau used a high stick to redirect the puck into the net at 2:50.

Video: Gibson makes 50 saves to backstop Ducks past Panthers

The Ducks took a 2-0 lead at 5:22 on Rakell's team-high seventh goal of the season.

Florida had its first power play wiped out when forward Aleksander Barkov was called for tripping Nick Ritchie. When the Ducks had the man-advantage 43 seconds later, Chris Wagner passed to Rakell on his left, and Rakell beat Luongo before he could slide over.

"You're just trying to get open," Rakell said. "You're hoping the puck is going to find your stick."

Florida cut Anaheim's lead to 2-1 at 15:26. A shot from Yandle ricocheted into the right circle and Trocheck sent a one-timer high into the net.

The Panthers were called for delay of game 27 seconds into the third period and the Ducks scored on the power play. Perry's shot bounced off Luongo's chest and the rebound went to Montour at the bottom of the left circle, and he scored his sixth goal of the season at 1:30 for 3-1 lead.

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Yandle scored through traffic with 2:59 remaining to make it 3-2 just after Florida pulled Luongo for an extra attacker.

The Panthers fell behind 1-0 for the 12th time this season on an unassisted goal by Manson at 18:57 of the first period.

Manson blocked shot by Huberdeau and the puck caromed out to neutral ice. Manson got to the puck ahead of Huberdeau and set off on a breakaway. He made a stick move to get Luongo to slide to his right, then pulled the puck back and scored into the open side.The Panthers, who came in allowing the most shot attempts per game in the NHL at 35.7, outshot the Ducks 16-6 in the opening period and 52-28 in the game. Florida outshot the Kings 14-5 in the first period on Saturday and also fell behind 1-0.

"We've played way too many games this year from behind," Trocheck said.

Yandle tripped Perry 24 seconds into the game. Anaheim didn't score on that power play, but did on two of the next three.

"We were nowhere near where we needed to be tonight and our power play scored two important goals for us," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

Video: FLA@ANA: Montour hammers home Perry's rebound for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Rakell's power-play goal at 5:22 of the second period.

Video: FLA@ANA: Rakell whips home Wagner's feed for PPG

 

Save of the game

Gibson's save on Yandle after recovering his stick at 7:30 of the third period.

Video: FLA@ANA: Gibson makes unorthodox save on Yandle

 

Highlight of the game

Manson's breakaway goal at 18:57 of the first period.

Video: FLA@ANA: Manson beats Luongo on breakaway

 

They said it

"We executed our game plan well but goals are hard to come by. If we keep out-chancing teams, eventually things will turn for us." -- Florida coach Bob Boughner 

 

"We were fortunate that our power play won the special teams battle. We got a stellar performance from our goaltender, simple as that." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle 

 

Need to know

Gibson's save total was one short of his NHL high and the Ducks record he tied on Jan. 1, 2017 in a 4-3 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Mikhail Shtalenkov (four times), Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Hiller had 51 saves. ... The Ducks recalled forward Mike Liambas from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday, and he had seven penalty minutes in 3:43. ... Ducks forward Logan Shaw was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. He had one point in his past nine games. ... Anaheim went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and has killed 49 of the past 56 power plays to move from 18th on Oct. 14 (80.8 percent) to fourth (85.4).

 

What's next

Panthers: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-F, NHL.TV) 

Ducks: At the San Jose Sharks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV) 

 

Video: Gibson makes 50 saves as Ducks edge Panthers, 3-2

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