McTavish scores in NHL debut in Ducks victory against Jets

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ANAHEIM — Mason McTavish had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in the season opener for each team at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored, and John Gibson made 33 saves for the Ducks, who went 2-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Kyle Connor scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves for the Jets.

McTavish, selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, became the youngest player in Ducks history to score (18 years, 256 days) when he gave them a 2-0 lead at 13:20 of the first period.

McTavish, who entered the lineup after Max Jones was a late scratch because of flu-like symptoms, scored off a rebound on his first shot.

The goal was initially disallowed because a whistle had blown, but video review confirmed McTavish’s original shot completely crossed the goal line as the culmination of a continuous play where the result was unaffected by the whistle.

Gibson made seven saves on an early penalty kill before Shattenkirk scored on Anaheim’s first shot for a 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the first period.

Connor cut it to 2-1 on a wrist shot off the rush from the right circle at 3:48 of the second period.

Anaheim was successful on four straight penalty kills before getting their first power play. Henrique deflected in a shot from Cam Fowler with five seconds left on the penalty for a 3-1 lead at 13:20.

Rakell scored a power-play goal off a deflection to make it 4-1 at 6:20 of the third period.

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