Ducks edge Golden Knights via shootout

ANAHEIM — It must have seemed like old times for Ducks goalie John Gibson.

He routinely faced 40-plus shots per night before his injury and the pattern quickly resumed on Wednesday night against Vegas at Honda Center.

The Golden Knights racked up 37 shots through two periods and zoomed past the 40-shot mark a little more than one minute into the third period.

This time, however, it did not cost the Ducks, who beat the first-place team in the Pacific Division in a shootout, 3-2. Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry scored in the shootout, and Gibson stopped Mark Stone and Reilly Smith shot wide.

It was a fitting finish for Gibson, who made 49 saves.

The Ducks are in the midst (Game 3) of a franchise-record 10-game homestand and it was their first game after the short holiday break. Vegas, depleted by injuries, had lost to the Kings the previous night and started backup goaltender Adin Hill.

Hill’s appearance, however, was a brief one as he was pulled for Logan Thompson at 12:26 of the first period after giving up two goals on five shots. Both goals were scored by Ducks forward Adam Henrique. On his first goal, and 10th of the season, Henrique converted his own rebound and capitalized at 3:27 when Vegas defenseman Daniil Miromanov was slow to clear.

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Henrique’s second goal, making it 2-0, was from long range up the middle, beating Hill high on his stick side.

Vegas quickly responded with Stone’s unassisted short-handed goal, on a breakaway, at 13:15 of the first period and pulled even at 13:32 of the second period. Defenseman Ben Hutton, in the lineup because of Alec Martinez’s injury in Tuesday’s game, scored his first goal of the season and first since March 10, 2022.

Zegras and Terry each had two assists. The first assist by Zegras was his 100th point in the NHL, in his 135th game with the Ducks. For a bit of franchise perspective, Paul Kariya hit the 100-point mark in 98 games with the Ducks.

More to come on this story.

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