John Gibson stopped 29 shots to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Gibson earned his fourth shutout of the season and 16th of his NHL career. He improved to 12-3-1 in his last 16 starts.
Francois Beauchemin had a goal and an assist for Anaheim (38-24-12, 88 points) while Andrew Cogliano, Ondrej Kase, Hampus Lindholm also scored for the Ducks, who’ve won four straight and are tied with Colorado for sixth in the Western Conference standings, one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
Mike Smith earned the start in goal for Calgary (35-30-10, 80 points) but was replaced after allowing three goals in 11 shots. Rookie David Rittich stopped four of the five shots he faced.
The Flames have dropped four straight and sit seven points out of the final wild-card berth. Calgary forward Matt Stajan did appear in his 1,000th career NHL contest.
Gibson was busy in terms of shots faced but made his best stops in the third period. A couple minutes apart, he stuck out a pad to deny Dougie Hamilton’s one-timer then turned aside Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway as the Flames fell to 15-18-4 at the Scotiabank Saddledome and were lustily booed off the ice afterwards.