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John Gibson’s 50-save effort carries Ducks to season sweep of Hurricanes

Jakob Silfverberg and Troy Terry scored in the third period, and John Gibson stopped 50 shots as the Ducks defeated Carolina 3-2 on Saturday night to end the Hurricanes’ five-game winning streak.

John Klingberg also scored and Trevor Zegras and Ryan Strome each had two assists for the Ducks, who have won two in a row on a six-game winless streak.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jesper Fast scored for the Hurricanes, who lost for the second time in their last 14 games. Frederik Andersen made 12 saves in what was a sour end to a five-game homestand.

Gibson had 13 saves in the first period, 22 in the second, and 15 in the third to improve to 12-23-6 on the season. He becomes the first goaltender since Gump Worsley during the 1955-56 season to record three 50-save appearances in one month. Gibson’s 1,393 saves are the most of any NHL goaltender in his first 41 games of a season since Jacques Plante stopped 1,442 shots for the New York Rangers in 41 games in 1963–64.

One of Gibson’s notable saves was stopping Brent Burns’ deflection on Sebastian Aho’s pass in transition to keep the game scoreless in the second period.

That came shortly before Klingberg’s goal on Anaheim’s 12th shot with 3:42 left in the period gave the Ducks a 1–0 lead. It was his eighth goal of the season.

Silfverberg’s eighth goal came 4:06 of the third to make it 2–0. He scored in consecutive games for the first time this season.

Kotkaniemi answered with his 11th goal just 13 seconds later.

Terry got the next goal during a 4-on-4 lineup, pushing the Ducks’ lead to 3-1 with 7:59 left. It was his 15th.

Again the Hurricanes reacted quickly, as Fast scored his first goal in 12 games 1:34 later.

Carolina was unable to convert a late power play despite pulling Andersen off the net to lose to the Ducks for the second time this season.

Next for the ducks: Host Chicago on Monday night to open a three-game homestand.