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Ducks claim another win over Bruins

The Sports Xchange
November 16. 2017 3:11AM
The Anaheim Ducks react after a goal by left wing Nick Ritchie against the Boston Bruins during the second period of Tuesday's game at Honda Center. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks have had their way with the Boston Bruins and goaltender Tuuka Rask through the years and that trend continued in a 4-2 win Wednesday night at Honda Center.

The Ducks (8-7-3) used goals from four players and another sparkling performance from goalie John Gibson (39 saves) to claim their second win in seven games.

The Bruins (6-7-4) lost their fourth straight game and fell to 1-11-1 against the Ducks since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Rask (23 saves) dropped to 1-6-1 in his career against the Ducks.

Ducks rookie right winger Kevin Roy, playing in his third NHL game after a recent call-up from AHL San Diego, scored his first career goal at 13:26 of the first period when he made his way to the front of the net and batted a loose puck out of the air and past Rask to make it 1-0.

Boston right winger Danton Heinen made it 1-1 at 8:38 of the second period when he gathered a rebound on the side of the net, skated just around the crease and beat a sprawling Gibson with a beautiful backhand shot.

The Bruins, who have been ravaged by injuries and skated five players with fewer than 24 games of NHL experience, outshot the Ducks 15-3 in the second but trailed 3-1 going into the third period because the Ducks scored two goals on just three shots during a span of less than five minutes.

First, defenseman Josh Manson picked up his first goal of the season at 14:24 after he gathered a loose puck near the boards before turning and snapping a shot that made its way past Rask after caroming off the skate of defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Then at 19:13, left winger Nick Ritchie skated to the front of the net, handled a crisp pass from onrushing center Antoine Vermette and slapped it past Rask for his second goal of the season.

Anaheim center Derek Grant made it 4-1 when he deflected a shot off the stick of right winger Corey Perry past Rask at 2:35 of the third period. Boston right winger Noel Acciari beat Gibson for a goal with 22 seconds remaining to make it 4-2 Anaheim and cap the scoring.

The Ducks conclude a five-game homestand Sunday against Florida. The Bruins continue a four-game road trip Thursday night in Los Angeles against the Kings.

NOTES: Bruins C David Krejci missed his 11th straight game (back) but could skate Thursday night at the Kings. ... Bruins LW Brad Marchand and LW Anders Bjork did not make the trip to California but could join the team later on the trip. ... Ducks C Hampus Lindholm (lower-body injury) was a scratch after being labeled a “game-time decision” following the morning skate. ... Ducks C Antoine Vermette suited up for his 1,000th NHL game, making him the 17th active NHL skater to achieve that milestone and the 313th in NHL history.


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