John Gibson becomes Ducks’ saves king in win over Flames

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Max Comtois and Derek Grant each collected a goal and an assist and John Gibson became Anaheim’s all-time saves leader as the visiting Ducks claimed a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Brett Leason also scored for the Ducks, who are near the bottom of the standings but are enjoying a 5-1-2 run.

Gibson, who surpassed Guy Hebert for the Ducks’ record with a first-period stop in a 36-save performance, was under siege especially in the third period. On top of holding strong amidst a handful of flurries, he made a clutch save on Tyler Toffoli with less than seven minutes in regulation.

Gibson ended the night with 11,837 saves, topping the old mark of 11,813 set by Hebert from 1993-94 to 2000-01.

Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames, who saw their playoff hopes take a big hit as their two-game winning streak ended. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 15 shots.

Calgary remains four points out of a playoff position with 16 games remaining. The Flames are the league’s lone team without a victory when trailing after two periods, falling to 0-16-3.

After a goalless first period, Backlund’s power-play goal put Calgary on top at 6:43 of the second period. Backlund, in front of the net, deflected Elias Lindholm’s shot for his 15th goal of the season.

Comtois tied the score 64 seconds later with his seventh tally of the campaign. He also was in front of the net when he redirected Frank Vatrano’s long shot.

Leason made it a 2-1 game at 11:33 of the second, giving him a goal in his return to his hometown. A failed clearing attempt led to Comtois sending a shot that was stopped, but Leason pounced on the rebound for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Grant produced an empty-net goal with 1.9 seconds remaining in the clash, his fourth tally of the season, to round out the scoring.

–Field Level Media

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