Key play: Left wing Rickard Rakell’s power-play goal with three seconds remaining in the first period capped a wild scramble for the puck and gave the Ducks a two goal-lead en route to a 4-0 victory Monday over the Vancouver Canucks at the Honda Center.
Pivotal performer: Jakob Silfverberg skated down the right wing and then sent a laser into the back of the Canucks’ net to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead exactly one minute into the third period. Rookie left wing Nick Ritchie assisted on the goal for his first NHL point in his eighth game in the league.
Between the pipes: John Gibson started for the Ducks for the third consecutive game in place of Frederik Andersen, who was sidelined by an illness for several days. Gibson made 25 saves for his third career shutout, his second against Vancouver. He blanked the Canucks 3-0 in his NHL debut April 7, 2014 at Vancouver. Ryan Miller started for the Canucks, but was replaced by Jacob Markstrom after Corey Perry’s third-period goal made it 4-0.
Quote, unquote: “We scored early, which was important,” Ducks center Ryan Kesler said. “Our power play got one late (in the first period). I think every asset of our game was pretty good tonight. I don’t think we had a full 60 tonight, but I thought we played well for a full 60. We played good enough to win.”
Injury updates: Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon suffered a raspberry when he was struck in the side by the skate of Vancouver’s Jared McCann in the third period. Center Nate Thompson (shoulder) and left wing Jiri Sekac (ankle) participated in the Ducks’ morning skate. Thompson completed a weekend conditioning assignment with San Diego of the AHL. Sekac’s return to the lineup could take a while longer. He hasn’t been cleared for full contact.