ANAHEIM, Calif. – Kevin Boyle made 35 saves for his first career start and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Wednesday night in General Manager Bob Murray's first game as Acting Coach.
Jakob Silfverberg scored to help the Ducks end a series of seven defeats, prompting Murray to dismiss coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday and replace him for the rest of the season.
Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves for the Canucks, who lost four straight games on the road.
Murray, 64, had never been a professional coach at any level, but he got the answer he was looking for. Silfverberg scored in 6:30 of the first period to give the Ducks their first lead since the first goal in 5-1 defeat at St. Louis on Jan. 23.
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Anaheim maintained a long lead throughout this increasingly competitive game, with veteran forward Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf competing each in turn.
However, the Ducks could not solve all the problems that had made them lose 19 of their last 21 games and fall to the last place of the Western Conference. The Canucks had a 35-22 advantage in shots, forcing Boyle to make several difficult saves.
Boyle, an untrained 26-year-old rookie, joined John Gibson as the second Ducks goaltender to record a shutout in his first NHL start.
Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson also hit the crossbar with a powerful shot at a power play in the first period.
No love for the crossbar. Petey = 😤
Let's find the bottom of the net on the 2nd! pic.twitter.com/rExGQHGrr0
– Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 14, 2019
NOTES: Ducks D Cam Fowler played his 595th game with Anaheim, beating Ruslan Salei for most appearances from a defender in the team's history. … Gibson was placed in the casualty pool because of back, neck and head injuries.
Canucks: Visit Los Angeles Thursday night.
Ducks: Welcome Boston Friday night.
Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press
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