Jakob Silfverberg has been money for the Anaheim Ducks in the shootout this season.
According to NHL.com, he has scored seven goals in 11 opportunities in deciding skills competition, and his successful attempt Saturday counted as the winner, as the Ducks defeated their rivals, the L.A. Kings by a final score of 3-2. Nothing complicated. A quick release on a shot low to the blocker side on Jonathan Quick.
For the third time this season, these two teams have needed either overtime or a shootout to decide an outcome.
The loss ends the night on a disappointing note for the Kings, who earlier retired Rob Blake’s No. 4 jersey to the rafters at Staples Center.
All the latest from the blue paint…
Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team
After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.
Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.
Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask
Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott
Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo
Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop
Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek
Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson
Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski
Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth
Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen
Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick
Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi
Martin Jones was pulled midway through the second period. He was put back into the crease to begin the third period. Seems like a strange decision from L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.
Jones was initially pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots, as the typically low-scoring New Jersey Devils – 28th in the league in goals-for per game – opened up a 3-1 lead. In came Jonathan Quick. He gave up two goals on seven shots. So, back in came Jones to start and finish the third period, as the Kings lost to the Devils by a final score of 5-3.
“We played Marty again because he’s coming off the shutout and he was really solid, and our thought was to get Jonathan those days, which was what we did. We pulled Jonesy because it changed the momentum,” said Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.
“There were three goals in a minute, and then they scored two again before the period was out. It surely didn’t change the momentum, so you might as well put him back in. It’s not that hard to figure out.”