VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) John Gibson made 18 saves to record a shutout in his NHL debut and the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks from playoff contention with a 3-0 victory Monday night.
Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey scored for Anaheim, which is three points ahead of San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.
The 20-year-old Gibson, who led the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 world junior hockey championship, wasn’t tested much but made a huge save on Niklas Jensen to preserve the shutout with about eight minutes gone in the third.
Eddie Lack stopped 20 shots in his 19th straight start for Vancouver since the Olympic break.
FLAMES 1, DEVILS 0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Karri Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout as the Calgary Flames topped the New Jersey Devils.
Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, which improved to 34-38-7. The Flames are 16-20-4 on the road this season.
Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots for New Jersey, which fell to 34-29-16. New Jersey’s loss also allowed the New York Rangers to clinch a playoff berth.
Neither the Flames nor Devils scored until Giordano’s power-play goal 23 seconds into the third as both teams were unable to take advantage of opportunities.
WILD 1, JETS 0
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets.
Coyle’s one-timer off a pass from Zach Parise at 1:05 of the second came just after a penalty to Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart had expired.
The Wild (41-26-12) closed in on a playoff berth in the Western Conference with the win. Minnesota would need to lose its final three games with Phoenix winning four straight in order for the Wild to miss the playoffs.
The Jets’ Michael Hutchinson, a 24-year-old rookie who began the season in the ECHL, made 16 saves in his first career NHL start with regular backup Al Montoya still dealing with a lower-body injury.