Burdened with a franchise-record losing streak, the visiting Anaheim Ducks got a spark after a roster makeover. The Minnesota Wild were left reeling after the trade of a popular teammate.
John Gibson made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored 11 seconds apart in the first period and the retooled Ducks snapped a franchise-record 12-game losing streak by beating the Wild 3-0 on Thursday night.
Brian Gibbons added his second goal of the season for Anaheim, which made four trades in the previous three days.
“I think you lose 12 in a row, you need to change something,” Gibson said. “I’m not saying anything about the guys that moved or anything like that, but I think you get new players, you get some new faces, you get some new energy in here and it helped us and we fed off that. We needed a change, and tonight it worked out, and we have to keep going with it.”
The Ducks added forwards Devin Shore and Derek Grant, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto in a series of deals, along with receiving minor-league forward Justin Kloos in a deal with Minnesota.
Minnesota has also been busy making deals. Earlier Thursday, Minnesota traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Victor Rask. Pontus Aberg played his first game for the Wild after being acquired from Anaheim for Kloos.
Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2: Mitch Marner scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist, and visiting Toronto beat NHL-leading Tampa Bay.
Kings 2, Stars 1: Dustin Brown scored a power-play goal, goalie Jack Campbell beat the team that drafted him and visiting Los Angeles moved out of the NHL basement.
Jets 5, Predators 1: Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves and visiting Winnipeg beat Nashville to stay alone atop the Central Division, four points ahead of the Predators. Brendan Lemieux scored twice, and Mason Appleton, Bryan Little and Brandon Tanev added goals to help the Jets win their fourth straight. Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville.
Bruins 5, Blues 2: Chris Wagner scored the go-ahead goal 5:27 into the third period, Tuukka Rask tied a Boston record with his 252nd career victory and the host Bruins beat St. Louis. Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask is 252-145-56 in 474 games with Boston.
Rangers 4, Blackhawks 3: Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, goalie Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie for sixth place on the NHL victory list and host New York beat Chicago.
Islanders 4, Devils 1: Anders Lee scored twice and host New York earned its ninth victory in 11 games.
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