Rakell returns to lead Anaheim Ducks' 4-0 rout of LA Kings

2:16 a.m. EDT November 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an offseason cluttered by contract negotiations and surgery, Rickard Rakell returned to the Anaheim Ducks’ lineup just in time for a rivalry game.

The Swedish forward hit the ice in full stride.

Rakell had a goal and two assists in his season debut, and John Gibson stopped 30 shots to earn his seventh career shutout in the Ducks’ 4-0 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

After he scored a career-high 43 points last season, Rakell missed training camp and the first nine regular-season games while holding out for a new contract and recovering from surgery related to appendicitis. Rakell agreed to a six-year, $22.8 million deal on Oct. 14 — and a few days after securing his U.S. visa, he posted his first three-point game since Jan. 11, 2015.

“I’m just trying to find the timing and everything,” said Rakell, who scored more points than he managed in his…

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