Rickard Rakell scored his team-leading 28th goal and John Gibson made 36 saves in his second shutout of the season as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Washington Capitals 4-0 on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.
Adam Henrique (20 goals), Hampus Lindholm (10) and Nick Ritchie (6) also had goals as Anaheim won its third straight game and earned a point for the eighth time in nine games (7-1-1). The Ducks leapfrogged idle San Jose into second place in the Pacific Division with the victory.
Braden Holtby allowed three goals on nine shots in net for Washington before being yanked in favor of Philipp Grubauer, who finished with eight saves. The Capitals snapped their two-game winning streak, but maintained a one-point lead over idle Pittsburgh atop the Metropolitan Division.
Washington took its first meeting with Anaheim this season, with Alex Ovechkin scoring the overtime winner in a 3-2 decision at home on Dec. 16.
Henrique’s power-play goal 1:24 into the game came after Tom Wilson’s interference penalty 36 seconds into the game. Henrique took a pass in the slot from Rakell and guided it past Holtby glove-side.
Lindholm struck to double Anaheim’s lead with 6:45 left in the period, sending his wrist shot near the blue line through a busy crease arena.
Rakell’s goal on a wrister from the left circle put the Ducks up three goals at 5:37 of the second and chased Holtby.
Ritchie’s empty-netter with just over 90 seconds remaining capped the scoring.
Josh Manson and Ryan Getzlaf both assisted on two of Anaheim’s goals. Manson was credited with the primary helper on Lindholm’s goal and the secondary on Rakell’s while Getzlaf had the primary on Rakell’s goal and the secondary on Henrique’s.
After finishing its homestand at 3-0-1, Anaheim begins a two-game road trip Thursday against Nashville. Washington continues its three-game trip Thursday vs. Los Angeles.
—Field Level Media