Morning Report: Division Title Within Reach
The Ducks close out their final Canadian road trip of the season tonight in Vancouver. After tonight, the Ducks have just one road game remaining (L.A.) and three games overall.
They still maintain a one-point lead over the Sharks in the Pacific despite letting two points slip away last night in Edmonton. A point earned tonight would put the Ducks in a division-clinching scenario on Wednesday night against the Sharks at Honda Center.
“We’ve got four games left now,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf. “We’ve got to win our fair share of them to finish in that first spot.”
A win tonight would move the Ducks to within a point of idle St. Louis for the Western Conference lead.
John Gibson is the youngest Ducks goaltender (20 years and 267 days) to appear in an NHL game in franchise history (previously Ilya Bryzgalov, 21 years and 108 days). The youngest Ducks goalie to start an NHL game previously was Michael Wall (21 years and 124 days). Also, Gibson is the youngest goalie to appear (and start) in an NHL game since Colorado’s Sami Aittokallio (20 years and 248 days), Apr. 11, 2013.*
*Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau
Gibson has appeared in 45 games with Norfolk this season, posting a 21-17-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average (GAA), .919 save percentage (SV%) and five shutouts. At the time of his recall (April 6), Gibson ranked third among AHL goalies in GAA, seventh in SV%, second in shutouts and sixth in saves. Among rookie goalies, he led in GAA, tied for first in shutouts, second in SV% and saves (1,141), and ranked fifth in wins.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Gibson has appeared in 46 career AHL games with a 21-17-4 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .918 SV% with five shutouts. Gibson was named the CCM/AHL Goalie of the Month in October after going 3-1-2 with a 1.44 GAA and .953 SV% in six appearances.
IN THE ZONE
Corey Perry's 42 goals through 78 games are the second-most in his career (had 46 in 78 games in 2010-11). Perry scored his 40th and 41st goals April 2 vs. Edmonton to reach the 40-goal milestone for the second time in his career and the 10th time in team history (also Selanne, five times; Kariya, three times). Perry is currently on pace to become the first player to score 40-plus goals with a plus/minus rating of +30 or higher since 2009-10 (Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin). Perry was the second player to reach 40 goals this season, trailing only Ovechkin.
Anaheim and Vancouver conclude a five-game season series tonight at Rogers Arena. The Ducks have won five straight games over Canucks for their best all-time win streak vs. their Pacific Northwest rival. Anaheim has gone 4-0-0 against Vancouver in 2013-14, marking its most wins vs. the Canucks in a single season. The Ducks have earned wins on Nov. 10 (3-1), Jan. 5 (4-3, OT) and Jan. 15 (9-1) at Honda Center, and Mar. 29 (5-1) at Rogers Arena.