Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had watched his team score one goal in four of its previous five games and knew something had to change.

So Monday night, he made sure that at least one thing, the makeup of his forward lines, did.

And while the early results couldn't have been encouraging -- the Penguins needed nearly 18 minutes to register their first shot on goal -- Bylsma's personnel juggling eventually was rewarded with three third-period goals in a 3-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center.

The ice-breaker came from rookie Brian Gibbons, who was playing in his first NHL game, and he followed that with an assist on the Penguins' second goal just 62 seconds later.

Not the most spectacular debut in NHL history, perhaps, but not a bad way for a guy to kick off his career at this level, either.

"That's a great start," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said.

And even though Gibbons seemed rather subdued after converting an Evgeni Malkin feed at 3:52 of the third period, that doesn't mean he didn't enjoy it.

"I don't usually show a lot of emotion," he said. "But on the inside, I'm pretty happy."

So were his teammates, who won for just the second time in six games.

The Penguins improved to 13-8 and reclaimed first place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of Washington. The Penguins and Capitals will meet Wednesday night at Verizon Center in Washington.

Gibbons's performance in his NHL debut was noteworthy, but so was the Penguins shutting out someone who was playing in his 1,405th: Anaheim winger Teemu Selanne, making what figures to be his final regular-season appearance here, was held without a point for just the second time in 22 career games against the Penguins.

Of course, most of his teammates didn't have much luck against Marc-Andre Fleury, either. He stopped 27 of 28 shots and made some of his best saves in the third period, denying Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano on quality opportunities when the outcome was in doubt.