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Nick Ritchie an Unlikely Hero as Ducks Win in 11-round Shootout

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    Nick Ritchie an Unlikely Hero as Ducks Win in 11-round Shootout
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    Nick Ritchie an unlikely hero as Ducks win in 11-round shootout

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nick Ritchie isn't one of the first players called upon for the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout.

    He wasn't among the first 10 shooters Saturday.

    Yet, Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout and John Gibson stopped the final seven shooters in the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

    "It seems like once it gets over five or six (rounds) it can go over 15 sometimes, so there was a good chance I was going to get a shot there and I capitalized on it," said Ritchie, whose quick shot split the pads of Devan Dubnyk. Ritchie missed his other shootout attempt this season.

    Prior to the goal, the teams combined for 13 straight misses.

    "Anytime you win a shootout that goes that long, you feel fortunate you get the extra point. Some big stops from our goaltender, and we found a guy who scored the big goal. We'll take it," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. (see full recap).

    Raanta saves 39 shots in shutout win for streaking Coyotes 
    GLENDALE, Ariz. - The customized title belt the Arizona Coyotes pass around for a top performance in a victory was already in Antti Raanta's possession after a win two days earlier against Montreal.

    Raanta did even more to earn the belt Saturday, though he handed it off to defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Raanta made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Coyotes won their fourth straight, scoring on their first shot in a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

    Raanta had his ninth career shutout, helping the Coyotes earn points for the fifth time in six games.

    "You never get the shutouts just by yourself, you need a good team in front of you," Raanta said. "It shows you how much better we are right now ... I went with `Hammer' because Hammer's been blocking more shots than I have sometimes saved."

    Cam Talbot made 31 saves for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost six in a row (see full recap).

    Lundqvist pulled in Rangers' loss to Senators
    OTTAWA, Ontario -  The Ottawa Senators' quick start led to an early exit for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

    Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists and Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 on Saturday.

    Lundqvist allowed five goals on 27 shots before being replaced by Brandon Halverson with 13 minutes remaining.

    Halverson stopped five of the six shots he faced for New York in his NHL debut.

    Matt Duchene and Mark Stone both added a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which has won two straight. Craig Anderson also stopped 35 shots and Johnny Oduya, Magnus Paajarvi and Thomas Chabot also scored (see full recap).

    Lack saves 48 shots as Devils beat Lightning
    TAMPA, Fla. - Eddie Lack made 48 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night.

    Making his third appearance as the backup since being recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Feb. 4, Lack made a terrific glove save on Brayden Point's in-close shot midway through the second.

    Ben Lovejoy, Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood scored for the Devils. Taylor Hall had an assist and has a point in each of the last 17 games he has played in.

    Tampa Bay got goals from Chris Kunitz, Point and Steven Stamkos, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots (see full recap).