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WINNIPEG (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers took on Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf in Winnipeg’s victory over the Ducks.

The 6-foot, 172-pound Ehlers, known for his quick feet, clashed with Getzlaf, who is 6x-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Both threw a couple punches in the brief, second-period bout.

“Out of character? This is my third fight now,” joked Ehlers, who’s in his fifth NHL season. “I’m a fighter. (Getzlaf) gave me a cross-check after I passed it and then, yeah, I think it was kind of a mutual thing. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Mark Scheifele scored twice, the second on a power play with 4:22 left for his 400th NHL point. He beat goalie John Gibson over the glove for his 13th of the season.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler called Ehlers a “sick man” for taking on Getzlaf.

“What a hell of a job by a little guy,” Wheeler said. “That dude has got some fire in his belly, for sure. That was pretty awesome.”

Jets coach Paul Maurice joked that he sent Ehlers over the boards to take on Getzlaf, then added the Danish player native better keep his gloves on to avoid injury.

“That was foolish, wasn’t it?” Maurice said. “But God bless him, don’t do it again. Ever.”

Adam Lowry also scored, Mathieu Perrault had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Winnipeg is 5-1-1 in its past seven games.

Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 11th goal for the Ducks. Devin Shore had his first of the season and John Gibson made 30 saves. Anaheim is 1-3-1 in its last five games.

“I thought he was great,” Shore said about Gibson. “(The Jets) kind of had some pretty serious Grade A’s It’s no secret he’s one of the best in the world.”

NOTES: Gibson missed the past two games with an illness. … Winnipeg is 12-2-2 in one-goal games. … Nick Shore, picked up on waivers from Toronto on Wednesday, made his Winnipeg debut.

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A 3-2 loss during Friday night’s game against the Washington Capitals was not the ideal outcome for the Anaheim Ducks. However, despite dropping the game, they would suffer an even bigger loss with the early exit of Nick Ritchie. After a hip check from Radko Gudas late in the first period, the night would end for the 24-year-old power forward. Unable to put any weight on his left leg, he would head to the locker room, in visible pain.

Classified as a lower-body injury, we can only assume from what we witnessed that Ritchie has sustained an injury to his knee. While Dallas Eakins didn’t give the specifics, according to Eric Stephens of The Athletic, the head coach stated that “it does not look very good.” No further details were provided, but the outcome doesn’t seem to be a positive one.

Ritchie’s absence from the team is yet another big blow to the Anaheim Ducks struggling lineup. Losing Josh Manson for an extended period of time has caused enough problems of its own. While Manson’s impending return seems to be right around the corner, what happens now that one of Anaheim’s best forwards could be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future?

Did I just say Nick Ritchie is one of the Anaheim Ducks best forwards this season? Why yes, I did! At the beginning of the season, it was questionable whether Ritchie’s style of game would fit well under the Dallas Eakins system. He certainly struggled in his first few games, but he found his groove, blossoming into one of the Ducks best play drivers and showing signs he’s maturing into a decent power forward.

While most fans lament at the sight of Ritchie due to his league-leading penalty minutes, his time on ice has been crucial for the Ducks this season. In 27 games, he has been a solid point producer for the team, keeping a solid stat line of 3 goals, 7 assists, and 10 points overall. While 10 points in 27 games aren’t going to earn him any accolades, it’s pretty decent for a power forward playing for a team who is struggling at both ends of the ice.

He is staying true to his style of hockey, with 9 blocks and 34 hits on the season, leading the way for his team with his physicality and big body. His 49 shots on goal also prove that he can generate offensive capabilities for the struggling Ducks. Despite the gruff exterior, the young forward is truly passionate about the game of hockey, and this season, more than ever, it shows.

His presence on the ice will be missed for whatever length of time he is out. While some may not believe Ritchie is a true asset to this team, time will only prove what the evidence clearly manifests. It would be no surprise for the Ducks to recall Max Jones, or even Daniel Sprong, in his absence. However, neither of them will be able to fill the void that will be felt in the absence of Nick Ritchie.

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Over the past few seasons, the Anaheim Ducks have had horrible luck when it comes to the health of their roster. Most years, the injury bug strikes quite early. However, aside from Josh Manson‘s lengthy stint on the sidelines and a few other short-lived injuries, the roster has remained relatively healthy. That is, until recently.

In the span of just a few games, the Ducks have lost four players to injury, three of them predicted to spend the next 4-10 weeks on the sidelines. The first domino to fall was Nick Ritchie. A hip check from Washington Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas would force Ritchie out of the game with an MCL sprain. His predicted timetable for return is 6-10 weeks.

Troy Terry, Derek Grant, and Jacob Larsson were the next three to fall victim to the second wave of the injury bug during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Terry has been placed on injured reserve and is predicted to miss the next 10 weeks with a broken bone below his knee cap. Derek Grant has suffered an AC sprain to his shoulder, the time table for his return is 4-6 weeks. Lastly, Jacob Larsson, who is listed as day to day, suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Larsson and Terry’s absence, while unfortunate, will not necessarily hurt the team as much as Grant and Ritchie’s absence. It seems as though Larsson has taken steps back in his development this season, struggling significantly to grasp the offensive aspects, as well as other areas, of the game. It earned him a ticket to San Diego a few weeks ago, and the decision to call him back up and send Josh Mahura back down the 5 was a puzzling decision.

Troy Terry has struggled to produce as expected this season as well. While some of that may be in part to the hype that has surrounded the 22-year-old 2015 5th round draft pick, he seems like he’s still on the path to finding himself as an NHL player, which, at his age, is still perfectly acceptable. After a broken bone ended his season last year, this injury will prove to be just another setback in his development as an NHL player.

Derek Grant has surprisingly been one of the Anaheim Ducks top 5 goal scorers this season, with 9 goals credited to his name. The team has struggled to produce offense, and losing one of their top goal scorers for the next 4-6 weeks is going to hurt, most likely leaving the Ducks floundering near the bottom of the Pacific Divison and Western Conference.

Finally, Nick Ritchie’s injury is going to cause more struggles than anyone realizes. While a lot of fans detest him and his constant penalties, he has been an important factor for the Ducks this season. He hasn’t shown up on the score sheet as often as we’d like to see, but he drives play and adds a physical flare to the lineup the Ducks don’t necessarily have in spades.

Injuries are never good news. However, if there are any positives we can take from this situation it would be this: having four injured players on the sidelines gives our AHL prospects valuable time in the NHL without the added stress of being playoff contenders. With the position the Anaheim Ducks currently hold in the standings, the playoffs at this point are highly unlikely. Isac Lundestrom, Max Jones, Sam Carrick, and others, now have the opportunity to hone their skills at the next level without being make or break players in the lineup.

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Ever since the Philadelphia Flyers victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the idea of two brothers playing on the same line found its way into my train of thought. The chemistry of having two brothers who have played hockey for most of their life and made it to the professional level worked before. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin were a lethal injection of offense for the Vancouver Canucks. The Flyers have a player who scored his first NHL goal against his own brother’s team. Could acquiring Ondrej Kase via trade work for Philadelphia?

In their final seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin both made $7mil a season over their last four seasons. Currently, Ondrej Kase is making $2.6mil a season with the Anaheim Ducks through 2021. David Kase is making $768,333 a season with the Philadelphia Flyers through 2020. The offensive output between the Sedin’s was a sight to behold. From their 1999 draft class, the Sedin brothers accounted for 20% of the scoring.

The trade idea is to replace an aging player on the Philadelphia Flyers with Ondrej Kase. First, I looked into a straightforward trade between the Anaheim Ducks and the Flyers that included Michael Raffl and Ondrej. That trade just wouldn’t make much sense for Philadelphia because it wouldn’t help them get out of a salary cap purgatory. So, the next contestant in this experiment was James van Riemsdyk. Yes, the Ducks would be getting the more productive player out of the gate, but the thesis here is that a younger tandem would out produce in the long run.

We know how much Ondrej and David Kase are making annually. It’s already a big chunk less in total than what James van Riemsdyk makes alone. JvR is making $7mil this season, then $6mil through 2022, followed by his final season at $4mil. Even at his lowest owed in a season, that’s more than both Kase brothers. Already, the Philadelphia Flyers are alleviating cap space.

If this trade happened today, sending Ondrej Kase to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for James van Riemsdyk to the Anaheim Ducks, the Flyers would open $2.5mil in cap space. If the trade happens at the NHL trade deadline, Philadelphia opens just $1mil. It’s a rash decision to make, but it benefits the team salary cap to make the move sooner rather than later.

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When the Washington Capitals first met the Anaheim Ducks this season on November 18, the game went off the rails. During an especially spirited second period, Garnet Hathaway spit on Erik Gudbranson after the Ducks defenseman landed a sucker punch as the two were separated by an official. An angry Gudbranson, afterward, said the spitting “was something you just don’t do in a game – and he did it.” Hathaway, who was ejected, expressed regret. The Capitals forward was later suspended three games by the NHL.

Coming into Friday’s rematch, both teams said all the right things and downplayed what happened in November. They were more interested in the “big two points on the line.” But the Ducks later revealed that was bologna after the game was over.

According to a story by The Athletic’s Eric Stephens, Hathaway was approached by Ducks enforcer Nicolas Deslauriers during a first-period faceoff and was asked to fight and pick his poison.

“I just asked him if he was going to respond,” Deslauriers said to Stephens. “He had the option to choose me or [Gudbranson], and he said he was going to choose [Gudbranson].”

Deslauriers later fought Radko Gudas after the Capitals defenseman injured Nick Ritchie with a borderline late hip check.

Deslauriers landed 12 straight punches to Gudas’s head as the Czech d-man crumpled to the ice.

Eventually, Gudbranson and Hathaway had an angry confrontation four minutes and 56 seconds into the second period. Both players dropped their gloves but were separated by two officials. The two combatants each got 10-minute misconducts. Gudbranson got an extra minor for unsportsmanlike conduct which was served by Devin Shore.

In the third period, the two players finally fought after Gudbrandson landed a big hit into Hathaway’s chest. The two players only exchanged a handful of punches before Hathaway fell to the ice. 70 percent of HockeyFights.com commenters declared Gudbranson the victor.

After the game, Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks’ captain, called Hathaway “cowardly” for taking so long to respond.

“Hathaway could have done a lot better job at sticking up for himself,” Getzlaf said. “Answering the bell when he should have. I thought it was a cowardly thing to do to sit around and wait and wait and wait and act like he gets to make the decision when he spit on someone.”

Getzlaf added “[t]here used to be a pride and a code in our game that you answer the bell when you do things like that.”

Gudbranson expressed disappointment too but at least appeared to move on.

“Not ideal from my standpoint,” Gudbranson said. “I thought it was a pretty simple thing to deal with but he handled it the way he wanted to handle it, which is certainly not the way I would have, but at the end of the day, it happened and I’m happy it’s over with and I can put it to bed.”

The Capitals and Ducks will not play again this season unless they play each other in the Stanley Cup Final. The Capitals won both games by a combined score of 8-4.

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Heading into the contest with four points out of a possible eight on this four-game road trip, the New York Rangers were hoping to avoid being stymied by yet another bottom feeder in the NHL.

With the Rangers looking to finish a long road trip on a high, Henrik Lundqvist got the start between the pipes while Marc Staal was also in the lineup despite taking a puck to the ankle in the win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

And it was a dream start for the Blueshirts who landed the first blow of the night just seconds in after Mika Zibanejad took full advantage of a horrendous turnover in the Anaheim zone.

It only got better as Artemi Panarin unleashed a wicked snipe minutes later to put the Rangers firmly in the driving seat early.

Anaheim were not going down without a fight, though, as Jakob Silfverberg tipped in a Hampus Lindholm shot on the man advantage, despite the Ducks coming into the game with the second worst power play in the NHL.

A bad read from Lundqvist allowed Anaheim to make it a tied game early in the second period, and it was now on the Rangers to try to muster up a response to that setback.

The game was plagued by mistakes with both teams being riddled by errors, and it made for a crazy, disjointed contest that was dominated by turnovers and odd-man rushes.

However, the Rangers recorded a big goal inside the opening two minutes of the third period as Zibanejad took full advantage of a stellar feed from Tony DeAngelo to put his team back on top again.

Despite dominating large chunks of the final period, the Blueshirts were forced into overtime after Hampus Lindholm got a shot past Lundqvist in the final couple of minutes.

In the overtime, Zibanejad came closest as he pulled off a filthy move only to be denied by Gibson, and that ensured this contest went to a shootout.

And it was Zibanejad who scored the only goal for the Rangers in the shootout, with efforts from Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg enough to win the game for the Anaheim Ducks.

First Period – We mentioned in our Keys to the game segment in our preview that getting off to a fast, hard start today was going to be key.

Well, it seemed that the New York Rangers were paying attention because they wasted no time in striking first.

With just 10 seconds having passed, Ryan Getzlaf attempted to make a play in his own zone but his pass went straight to Mika Zibanejad who charged in on goal before switching to his backhand in order to beat John Gibson.

Henrik Lundqvist was called into action as he stopped shots from Josh Mahura and Hampus Lindholm, before it got even worse for the home team.

Another sloppy play in their own zone, this time by Gibson, cost the Ducks as Artemi Panarin got hold of the puck before unleashing a wicked wrister past the Anaheim goalie at 3:59.

Lundqvist was being tested a fair amount as he twice denied Cam Fowler, although he was beaten at 8:53 as Jakob Silfverberg converted on the power play to make it a one goal game at 8:53.

The Rangers then had a chance on the power play themselves but couldn’t make this one count after previously going 4-10 on the road trip, while Lundqvist made a big save on Sam Steel.

Anaheim survived another scary moment as the Rangers generated another high-danger chance, before Gibson had to come up big to thwart Brett Howden at the end of the period as the Blueshirts held a slight advantage on the shot board (11-10).

Second Period – Like the Rangers did in the first period, the Anaheim Ducks came out flying in the middle frame.

And it was a mistake by Henrik Lundqvist that presented the Ducks with a chance to make it a tied game at 1:02 as the goalie was overly aggressive in coming out, leaving a wide open net for Erik Gudbranson to stick the puck into an empty net.

It was a sloppy game of hockey with both teams guilty of being careless with the puck, in addition to not executing passes properly.

As a result, the game was up for grabs and Anaheim nearly got on the board next as Ryan Getzlaf chucked the puck on net, only for Lundqvist to make a big stop to keep out the puck with his left pad.

And Lundqvist had to keep coming up big as he kept out a wrister from Erik Gudbranson, before denying Sam Steel on a breakaway.

Marc Staal was given two minutes for slashing in the process, although the Rangers did a good job of killing that power play off.

Another Ducks power play, another turnover and another odd-man rush led to another chance for the home team, but again Lundqvist came up clutch with a glove save on Troy Terry.

The Rangers then had a chance on the rush themselves but Kaapo Kakko put too much power on his dish and Artemi Panarin fanned on the shot.

Panarin then forced a stop from John Gibson with what was a rare Rangers shot as they were outshot 18-3 in a horrible, mistake-riddled second period.

Brendan Lemieux put a shot over the net before Brady Skjei pulled off a brilliant defensive play in his own zone as the second period thankfully came to a close.

Third Period – The Rangers have done a good job of responding well to setbacks this year and they were at it again early in the final period.

At just 1:14, Mika Zibanejad latched onto a sublime pass from Tony DeAngelo before putting the puck through John Gibson for his second goal of the game, in addition to his fifth goal in his last four games.

It was a big goal and the mission for the Blueshirts was to build on it and go and get the job done in the remaining minutes.

Henrik Lundqvist made a flurry of important stops as the Ducks pressed for a way back into the contest, before it was Gibson’s turn to bat away a plethora of shots as the Rangers turned the screw.

Filip Chytil and Pavel Buchnevich were both denied in quick succession, as was Greg McKegg, and the Blueshirts were certainly flexing their attacking muscles.

New York was outshooting the Ducks 12-7 after registering just three shots on goal in the second period, but Gibson was doing his best impression of a brick wall as he stopped another Buchnevich shot.

Lundqvist was atoning for his earlier error by standing on his head down the stretch, although the Rangers didn’t do themselves any favors after gifting the Ducks a power play with 3:11 to play.

However, the Blueshirts couldn’t keep the Ducks at bay and it was a tied game with 1:46 to play after Hampus Lindholm squeezed a shot past Lundqvist.

Overtime – The New York Rangers had the puck for most of overtime, although they couldn’t find a way past John Gibson.

Adam Fox waltzed all the way up the ice as he was left with plenty of open space to attack, but he couldn’t force the puck past Gibson.

Mika Zibanejad pulled off a filthy move to deke a defenseman before unleashing a shot on goal, only to be denied by the Anaheim goalie with the game going to a shootout.

Shootout – Artemi Panarin went first but he couldn’t beat John Gibson, while Henrik Lundqvist executed a pokecheck to prevent his fellow countryman Rickard Rakell from scoring.

It was then Mika Zibanejad’s turn and, as he had done all night, the forward got the job done to give the Rangers the lead in the shootout.

Lundqvist made another save to thwart Max Comtois before Tony DeAngelo was also denied, while Ondrej Kase beat Lundqvist.

The Rangers needed Kaapo Kakko to convert on his effort but he couldn’t, and that allowed Jakob Silfverberg to score the game winner.

Let’s look at some notes from the game…

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The Anaheim Ducks announced today that center Ryan Kesler and winger Patrick Eaves will miss the entire 2019-20 season.

Patrick Eaves was acquired from the Dallas Stars at the 2017 trade deadline for a conditional 2nd round pick that turned into a 1st round pick due to the conditions being met. He immediately made an impact for the Ducks, scoring 11 goals in in 20 games in the regular season and adding two more in the first round of the playoffs before becoming injured.

He was awarded a three year contract with a $3.15 million AAV. Unfortunately Eaves only played two games the following season before being diagnosed with a now-unclassifiable muscle disease that threatened his life and mobility. After making a miraculous recovery and healing from a shoulder injury early last season, Eaves made his return, only playing in seven games this last season before being sidelined again before eventually finishing the season in San Diego.

With the announcement that he is now out for the season, Eaves’ career as a Duck is likely over, as this is the final year of his current contract.

For Ryan Kesler, the news of being sidelined for the year has been expected all summer. After Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last offseason that Kesler might not play in 2018-19, the veteran center surprised everyone by playing 60 games. Unfortunately, Kesler was clearly not the same player the Ducks had traded for back in 2014, putting up a career low eight points while having some of the worst shot metrics of any center in the NHL.

After Kesler played his 1000th career NHL game against Arizona in March, he played one more game to be honored at Honda Center by the Ducks before promptly sitting out the rest of the year. A Sports Illustrated article including interviews with Kesler revealed just how many agonizing struggles he had to endure just to stay on the ice and reach 1000 games played.

Kesler still has three seasons remaining on his six year, $6.875 million contract. It’s very possible that he could spend the remainder of that deal on LTIR, though Kesler did not entirely rule out trying to make a comeback at some point after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in May.

With both Eaves and Kesler on Long Term Injured Reserve this year, the Ducks could have up to $10 million in cap relief should they have the need. However, the team currently sits $8.5 million under the cap, the fifth-lowest mark in the league according to CapFriendly, and with training camp underway, it’s unlikely they will need the room anytime soon.

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Michael Del Zotto hit a once-in-a-lifetime shot Saturday. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t result in a goal.

The Anaheim Ducks defenseman accidentally flipped a puck into referee Francis Charron’s pocket during the third period of their game against the New York Islanders.

Del Zotto was in his own zone and tried to move the puck to one of his teammates. Instead he tossed a backhand pass into the right-front pocket of Charron’s pants, forcing a stoppage in play.

You can read Charron’s lips as he says, “It was in my pocket,” and fear not, no officials were hurt during this remarkable play. But it did make for a good laugh once the mystery of the disappearing puck was solved.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — During an awfully sluggish start by Minnesota, the Anaheim Ducks took full advantage.

They capitalized on a finish by the Wild that left plenty to be desired, too.

Rickard Rickell and Max Comtois scored in the shootout, and the Ducks fended off the Wild 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in their last six road games.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games lately and coming out on top of this one, it’s a huge deal for us,” Rakell said. “Just the environment, the feeling in the room.”

Rakell and Cam Fowler scored for the Ducks in a dominant first period during which they had a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal and Minnesota lost center Eric Staal to an injury. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team started 3-7, declared that their worst 20 minutes of the season.

“It’s pretty embarrassing, and I told the guys that,” Boudreau said, adding: “Every time there was a competition for a puck, they came up with it.”

Ryan Hartman put the Wild on the board in the second. Ryan Donato tied the game early in third, when Zach Parise hustled behind the net to knock Ducks defenseman Josh Manson off the puck and set up his teammate in front of goalie John Gibson.

Donato had a breakaway early in overtime that Ryan Getzlaf thwarted with a tripping penalty, but the Wild failed to convert on the power play for the fifth time in the game and fell to 0 for 12 in their last four. The Ducks were even down a broken stick during the 4-on-3, but the Wild only put one shot on net.

“It doesn’t happen too often, but I think it’s something maybe we need to look at a little more to find our options a little bit,” Parise said.

Boudreau wouldn’t buy that.

“Yeah, we need to practice it more, but there are things that happen 10 times a night that you have to be better at,” he said. “It’s not like, quite frankly, there was a first-year player on the ice.”

Gibson, who is 6-3-1 in 11 career starts against Minnesota, denied Parise in the shootout. Kevin Fiala went wide right with his attempt.

“We showed a lot of character in the third. I think we could have pulled out the win in overtime, but we stuck with it,” Comtois said.

The Wild started a three-game homestand that is their longest to date this season, after playing 20 of their first 30 games on the road, the most in the NHL in that span in 14 years. They are 7-1-3 at Xcel Energy Center, giving them confidence in a continuation of their recent surge once the schedule begins to balance out. Until losing 6-2 at Carolina on Saturday, the Wild went 8-0-3 in their previous 11 games for the second-longest point streak in franchise history.

The Ducks, in their first season under coach Dallas Eakins, were 3-8-4 in their previous 15 games. Their latest setback was a knee injury Friday to left wing Nick Ritchie that could keep him out for two months or more, though Manson returned from a 19-game absence due to a knee injury.

After losing consecutive 3-2 games to league-leading Washington on Friday and at Winnipeg on Sunday, the Ducks seized the lead barely three minutes in. Jakob Silfverberg snagged a rebound from Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen and slipped it across the crease to Rackell for his ninth goal of the season. Then about seven minutes later on a power play, Fowler zipped a one-timer through traffic that Kahkonen, screened by Ducks center Adam Henrique, did not appear to see. The Wild have given up a power-play goal in nine of their last 10 games.

The evening began with a tribute to Wild captain Mikko Koivu for playing in his 1,000th career game on Dec. 1, pushing the faceoff back by about 10 minutes.

“These things can work for you and against you, when you have those ceremonies before the game,” Eakins said, adding: “Our guys were certainly ready to go.”

Staal, who’s tied for the team lead with 21 points, collided headfirst with linesman David Brisebois after chasing the puck along the boards and was down on the ice for a few minutes before slowly leaving with assistance for examination. The Wild were already missing three key players in Koivu, goalie Devan Dubnyk, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

NOTES: The Wild brought back former teammates Niklas Backstrom, Kyle Brodziak, Marian Gaborik and Nick Schultz for the ceremony as a surprise to the 36-year-old captain and center. Koivu’s parents, wife and three children were also on the ice as Gaborik, who leads Koivu by 16 goals on the franchise list, presented him the traditional silver stick. … Fowler tied Rakell and Marty McInnis for ninth place on the franchise list with 25 career power-play goals. … Rakell has six goals and six assists in his last 15 games. … Donato has four goals and one assist in his last eight games. … Wild rookie defenseman Brennan Menell made his NHL debut, with one blocked shot in 10:23 of ice time.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Return home to face Los Angeles on Thursday. Anaheim hosted its Southern California rival just 10 days ago, winning 4-2. The Kings are the only team behind the Ducks in the Western Conference standings.

Wild: Host Edmonton on Thursday. They beat the Oilers 3-0 at home on Oct. 22.

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With his third-period goal on Friday, his 16th of the season, Alex Ovechkin tied Teemu Selanne on the all-time power play goals list for 3rd place, with 255.

The only players in front of him now are Brett Hull, with 265, and Dave Andreychuk, with 274.

To me, this has always been an odd NHL record, considering that Andreychuk – who is now no. 15 on the all-time goals list – is the all-time power play goal scorer. Andreychuk had 640 career goals, while Wayne Gretzky, the all-time power play points leader with an unbeatable 890, is 17th place on the power play goals list.

Ovi will be the all-time power play goal leader in a couple of seasons, but we don’t want that to be his legacy, as it is with Andreychuk in terms of leading the NHL in something. Ovi’s goal ought to be 895, and he’s well on his way.