Los Angeles Times

Gibson breaks Ducks’ all-time record for saves

Goalie stops 36 shots, passes Hebert to claim the team mark and lift Anaheim to victory.


CALGARY, Canada — John Gibson made 36 saves and passed Guy Hebert to set the Ducks’ club record for all-time saves in their 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Max Comtois and Derek Grant each had a goal and an assist to help the Ducks win for the fifth time in eight games (5-1-2).

With his 13th stop, Gibson notched his 11,814th career save to set the franchise record. Gibson has been busy this season, leading the NHL in saves with 1,516.

After a scoreless first period, the Flames took a 1-0 lead at 6:43 of the second on a power play when Elias Lindholm’s shot banked in off Mikael Backlund in front. It was Backlund’s 15th goal of the season.

It was also Calgary’s first power-play goal in six games after going 0 for 12 over the previous five games.

The lead was short-lived as the Ducks answered 1:04 later on a deflection. Frank

Vatrano whipped a rising shot toward the net that changed directions off Comtois and fooled Jacob Markstrom. It was Comtois’ seventh and ended Markstrom’s shutout streak at 98:35.

Leason then put the Ducks ahead with 8:27 left in the middle period as he hit in a loose puck from the side of the net for his fifth.

The Flames peppered Gibson with 13 shots in the third as they pressed for the tying goal. However, he was perfect, with his best stop coming with less than seven minutes remaining when he snagged a close-in shot off the stick of Tyler Toffoli after the Flames’ leading goal scorer was set up in the slot by Jakob Pelletier.

In a flurry earlier in the period, Gibson kicked out his left pad to make successive pad stops on Jonathan Huberdeau and then Nazem Kadri.

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