Ducks send goalie Anton Khudobin, defenseman Korbinian Holzer to San Diego of the AHL

The Ducks re-assigned goaltender Anton Khudobin to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, which means John Gibson is sound again after suffering an upper-body injury in Saturday’s victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Gibson didn’t dress for the past two games, a pair of Ducks victory over the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.

The Ducks also sent defenseman Korbinian Hozler to the Gulls on a conditioning assignment. He has played only 18 games with the Ducks this season, recording one assist. He last played in a Jan. 23 victory over the Red Wings in Detroit.

Ducks recall goalie Anton Khudobin from San Diego of the AHL

The Ducks recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Sunday in case John Gibson is unavailable to play either Monday against the Calgary Flames or Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers. Gibson suffered an upper-body injury and was forced from Saturday’s overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Frederik Andersen took over for Gibson to start the third period and is expected to start against the Flames.

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen fit to play, so they return Anton Khudobin to the minors

The Ducks reassigned goaltender Anton Khudobin to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. They recalled him Sunday after Frederik Andersen was sidelined by an upper-body injury. Khudobin didn’t play in the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to the Kings that night. Andersen was sound enough to serve as backup to John Gibson for Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

Ducks send goalie Anton Khudobin to San Diego of AHL after he clears waivers

The Ducks on Tuesday assigned goaltender Anton Khudobin to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League, after he cleared waivers earlier in the day. The move means Frederik Andersen and John Gibson will battle for the Ducks’ No. 1 spot in goal. Khudobin’s departure for the minor leagues also gives the Ducks $950,000 in salary-cap relief. He is owed $2.25 million this season.

Khudobin was 3-3-0 with a 2.70 goals-against average for the Ducks this season.


Game report: Islanders 4, Ducks 1

Key play: Cal Clutterbuck, standing all alone in front of the net, scored 9:35 into the second period to give the New York Islanders a two-goal lead en route to a 4-1 victory over the defenseless Ducks on Friday at the Honda Center.

Pivotal performance: Ducks backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made several potentially game-changing saves in relief of No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen. His best might have been his third-period theft of what looked like a sure goal for the Islanders’ John Tavares to keep the score 3-1.

Line shifts: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau stayed with a top line of left wing Rickard Rakell, center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry for the second consecutive game. Boudreau also played center Ryan Kesler between Patrick Maroon and Chris Stewart for the first time.

Quote, unquote: “We’ve got to put some wins together,” Boudreau said. “It’s as simple as A B C. … We’re in pockets right now. We play good in pockets and good in little times. We have two lines going and not two lines going. Three defense going and not three defense going. It’s getting together and doing it all the time and all the same is what we have to do.”

Milestone moment: Perry’s second-period goal was the 301st of his career, moving him past Paul Kariya into second place on the Ducks’ all-time list. Teemu Selanne holds the franchise record with 457 goals, set in two stints with the club.

Between the pipes: Khudobin made his fifth appearance with the Ducks and the first since a 1-0 shutout last Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Thomas Greiss started for the Islanders, one night after Jaroslav Halak started in a 2-1 loss Thursday to the Kings.

Game report: Ducks 4, Wild 1

Key play: Mike Santorelli swatted a rebound of a Shawn Horcoff shot into the net to propel the Ducks to a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Wild at the Honda Center for their first victory after a 0-3-1 start to the season. Horcoff was so excited by the goal that he almost hugged the referee by mistake. Strange days and nights to start the season for the Ducks.

Pivotal performer: Center Rickard Rakell scored the first goal of the season by a Ducks forward when he deflected defenseman Hampus Lindholm’s perimeter shot into the back of Devan Dubnyk’s net for a 2-1 lead 16:01 into the first period.

Breaking the ice: The Ducks ended a scoreless streak of 173:12 when defenseman Cam Fowler scored 10:08 into the game. Fowler celebrated as if he had won a big playoff game with his perimeter shot from near the left point.

Quote, unquote: “When things aren’t going great for your team, sometimes you just need a little confidence boost to get you going in the right direction,” Fowler said. “Credit our guys for sticking with it. We were able to sneak some by him (Dubnyk).”

Injury update: Ducks defensemen Clayton Stoner (lower body) and Simon Despres (head) didn’t play because of injuries. Korbinian Holzer made his Ducks debut in place of Despres, who was hurt by an illegal check Friday by Colorado’s Tyson Barrie. The NHL suspended Barrie for three games.

Between the pipes: Anton Khudobin started in goal for the Ducks in place of Frederik Andersen. A team spokesman said Andersen was not ill or injured. Khudobin stopped 34 of 35 shots in his first win with the Ducks in his second appearance.

Up next: The Ducks start a five-game trip Thursday at Nashville.

Ducks morning report: Andersen sits, Khudobin starts against Coyotes

It was Anton Khudobin’s turn Wednesday at the Honda Center. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he had a plan for his goaltenders for the first three games of the season, and he stuck with it. Frederik Andersen played the first two games and then it was Khubobin’s chance.

There was no controversy going into Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

There was no unexpected injury.

There was no reason to believe something was amiss.

Andersen had a puny 1.45 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage after the Ducks’ first two games of 2015-16. He was razor sharp in losses to the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks, showing precisely why he was the easy pick to be the Ducks’ No. 1 goaltender.

Boudreau had no complaints about Andersen’s play.

“It’s Anton’s turn,” Boudreau said. “He played great in the preseason. He was our best goalie in the preseason and now we’re giving him the opportunity early, because of how good he played in the preseason. If he hadn’t been playing well, we probably would be going with Freddie.”

Ducks goalie John Gibson talks about his contract extension

Ducks goaltender John Gibson spoke to reporters Monday, after signing a three-year contract extension worth $6.9 million. Here’s some of what he said (per the Associated Press): “I think it shows they want me to be here for a long time, and I was to be here for a while and help the team win.”

Gibson is signed through the 2018-19 season.

Of the possibility of starting the season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL rather than with the Ducks, he said, “I’m just looking forward to playing. Obviously, I want to be here sooner than later, but I can’t really control that. Just going to play and play my best. … I’m sure with every decision they (the Ducks) make, it’s for the betterment of the team, so you’ve got to respect that.

“Wherever I’m at, I’ve just got to do my job. You never know. Something could happen tomorrow and there might be two of us here, or there might be three. You never know. So, I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially with all the injures that happened. … It’s exciting, but now I’ve got training camp and worry about this team first.”

As it stands now, Gibson is fighting to move up to second on the Ducks’ depth chart. Frederik Andersen is No. 1, with the Ducks also having added Russian veteran Anton Khudobin in an off-season trade.