Ducks shut out Golden Knights, hand Fleury first loss of season


LAS VEGASJohn Gibson made 21 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in 1-0 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Max Comtois scored for the Ducks (6-6-3) in their first win against the Golden Knights this season (1-2-1).

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Golden Knights (8-2-1), who lost at home in regulation for the first time (7-1-1). It was Fleury’s first loss of the season in six starts. 

Fleury made 12 saves on 12 shots in the first period, while Vegas had four.

Anaheim had a 21-11 advantage on shots through two periods.

It was Gibson’s third shutout of the season and 22nd in the NHL. 

Fleury made a reaching glove save on Isac Lundestrom at 9:53 of the second period. He stopped Lundestrom’s backhand with his arm then tossed the puck out of the crease.

Comtois scored at 12:18 of the third period on a one-timer from Rickard Rakell. Comtois scored far side over Fleury’s right shoulder.

Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner, who was expected to start, was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury sustained at morning skate. He is day-to-day. Oscar Dansk served as Fleury’s backup.

Alex Pietrangelo played for Vegas for the first time since Jan. 26. The defenseman entered NHL COVID-19 protocol Jan. 27 and was removed Tuesday. He missed three games.

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