Gibson, Ducks beat Hurricanes

Raleigh, NC ( – John Gibson made a pile of saves to help the
Anaheim Ducks stop a three-game losing streak.

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm had one, too.

Francois Beauchemin and Matt Beleskey each had a goal and Gibson made 35 saves
to lead Anaheim to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Gibson made 14 saves each in the first and second periods and added seven in
the third for the Ducks, who finished off a 2-2-1 road trip.

Jeff Skinner had a power-play goal, but the Hurricanes were unable to even the
score despite finishing the game with a 6-on-4 advantage over the last 32
seconds after Ryan Kesler was whistled for a hooking penalty and Carolina
pulled goaltender Cam Ward.

Earlier, Lindholm kept the game scoreless when he scrambled to the post to
stop Victor Rask’s wraparound in the second period.

Lindholm took a slashing penalty on Rask, however, and Skinner scored on the
ensuing power play to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Ward stopped Corey Perry’s backhand five minutes later, but the puck went in
off Beauchemin to tie the score for Anaheim.

The Ducks then took the lead when Rask carelessly handled the puck in front of
his own net and Beleskey whacked at his stick, sending the puck past Ward with
2:30 remaining in the second period.

Ward was far less busy than Gibson and finished with 15 saves on 17 shots. He
faced only four shots in the third period.

Game Notes

Beleskey also had an assist … The Ducks beat the Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime
last Tuesday in Anaheim … Anaheim hosts Washington on Sunday … The
Hurricanes are at Minnesota on Saturday.