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…