ANAHEIM, California – Cam Fowler set a franchise record for career defender Anaheim Ducks in a 7-4 win against Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday evening.
John Gibson made 36 saves, and Josh Mahura tied the Anaheim zodiac sign with three assists when the Ducks broke the loss to play in four games.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals for Jets who lost five out of seven. Connor Hellebuyck was withdrawn in the middle of the second period after allowing five goals in 19 shots, and Laurent Brossoit made seven saves with relief.
Fowler drew 1: 1 at 10:01 the first period, scoring their 61st goal, ahead of Scott Niedermayer for leading the team among the defenders. Fowler, who did it in 634 matches, scored from the wrist from the right wheel after a quick break through the ducks from his own zone.
Niedermayer scored 60 goals in 317 matches during five seasons with ducks.
Troy Terry gave Anaheim a lead 4-3 eight minutes to two when he scored in an escape set by Mahura's long pass. Derek Grant hit 5-3 at 9:10 when Nicolas Deslauriers's reflection hit his shoulder and directed him.
Grant's second goal of the season ended in a crazy 2:52, in which four goals were scored. Adam Henrique put ducks 3-2 at 6:18, but Ehlers drew 42 seconds later.
The ducks tied him 2-all just 38 seconds in a second, when Ryan Getzlaf scored the victory of Max Comtois.
Bryan Little pulled Jets up to 5-4 at 6:39 the third period, but Carter Rowney scored away from 3:48 away, which gave him 6-4. Rowney added an empty grid with the remaining 2.9 seconds.
Jets needed 55 seconds to take the lead 1-0 when Ehlers scored from the right-hand wrist and Blake Wheeler placed Winnipeg in the front 2-1 at 12:02 after Fowler's record goal.
COMMENTS: Jets RW Patrik Laine did not play after he finished training early on Monday after a collision with D. Luca Liba. Laine starred in 182 consecutive games from March 26, 2017. Mahura is the fifth rookie who has three assists in the game.
Jets: Visit San Jose sharks on Friday.
Ducks: Vancouver Canucks host on Friday.