Anaheim Ducks’ Bold Move To Start John Gibson Pays Off

By Brendan Patel
Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

John Gibson is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the NHL, but played sparingly this season. With an injury to Frederik Andersen, coach Bruce Boudreau decided to start Gibson instead of Jonas Hiller in hopes of tying the series. Gibson responded with 28 saves and helped the Anaheim Ducks win 2-0 over the Los Angeles Kings.

Gibson had an amazing game, making key stops early in the game to prove that he belonged out on the ice. His lack of playoff experience did not matter, as he shut down the Kings attack the whole game. The Kings outshot the Ducks 12-0 in the second period, but Gibson and company were up to the task.

The Ducks’ top line continued to play well, as Corey Perry had a beautiful pass to set up the Ducks first goal, and Ryan Getzlaf was able to convert on their second goal. The Kings controlled the puck for the remainder of the game, but were unable to put one past Gibson. The Ducks were stingy in their defensive zone and helped out their young goaltender by sacrificing their bodies.

The series is now tied, with all the momentum going to the Ducks. The Kings looked as if they might run away with the series, but the Ducks have responded with two tough games to make it a best of three contest. The Kings will look to regroup and figure out how to convert their scoring opportunities. The Ducks, on the other hand, are realizing that their top prospect is ready to play in big games, and may continue to ride him the rest of the playoffs.

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