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Gibson Reflects on Debut; Updates on Andersen, Fowler

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Gibson Reflects on Debut; Updates on Andersen, Fowler
A day after goaltender John Gibson recorded his first career victory (shutout) in his NHL debut, the 20-year-old was right back on the ice at Honda Center for a brief practice at Honda Center.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

A day after goaltender John Gibson recorded his first career victory (shutout) in his NHL debut, the 20-year-old was right back on the ice at Honda Center for a brief practice at Honda Center.

Gibson (20 years and 297 days) became the youngest NHL goalie since Buffalo's Darren Puppa (Nov. 1 1985 at Edmonton, 20 years, 223 days) to record a shutout in his NHL debut. The last NHL goaltender of any age to record a shutout in his NHL debut was Al Montoya (24 years and 47 days) of the Phoenix Coyotes on Apr. 1, 2009 at Colorado. Gibson also became the first goalie in a Ducks history to record a shutout in his Anaheim debut.*
*Elias Sports Bureau

After practice today, the even-keeled Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native reflected on his debut.

“I just wanted to enjoy the experience,” he said. “There’s only one first game, so I knew it was going to be a special day. I treated it like any other day, but there’s a little more emotion.”

The win put the Ducks in a Pacific Division-clinching scenario with the Sharks, who they’ll face tomorrow night. But if there were any nerves heading into his first career start, Gibson didn’t show it.

“We knew coming into it that we needed to get a win,” he said. “We want to win the division, so it was a big game. Hopefully, we can follow it up a big one tomorrow.”

More on Gibson reflecting on his debut.

UPDATES ON ANDERSEN, FOWLER
Goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Cam Fowler were on the ice this afternoon with the team, with returns to the lineup on the horizon.

Andersen has not played since Friday’s game vs. Nashville at Honda Center when he took a Shea Weber slap shot off his head. Andersen said he started to feel the effects at the end of the period, and was held out of the third period for precautionary reasons.

Andersen didn’t accompany the team on their recent two-game road trip, but was skating on his own here in Anaheim.

“I felt good out there, definitely better than Friday,” said Andersen. “I’m taking it one practice at a time to see how it progresses. No headaches or anything, so it felt nice to be out there.

“It’s only been three days off, so I didn’t lose any technique or anything like that.”

Andersen is in the midst of an impressive rookie season. The 24-year-old netminder is 19-5-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Andersen ranks sixth among NHL goalies in SV% (.924) and 10th in GAA (2.27). He leads all rookies in wins (19), GAA and SV%.

Fowler has also been skating on his own, but said his return to the lineup won’t be tomorrow vs. San Jose.

“It’s my responsibility, and the responsibility of everyone involved, that no matter the situation, until I’m 100 percent, it’s just not something that’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s too much of an important time of the season to jump in if you’re not 100 percent.”

Fowler hasn’t played since March 14 at Colorado when a Patrick Bordeleau hit left the Ducks defenseman with a sprained MCL. The original timetable for return was 3-5 weeks.

“It’s been a really good progression since I started skating,” he said. “I’ve been getting more comfortable each day. Maybe not so much about the injury, but the timing and some of my skills are coming back. That’s equally as important as trying to get over the injury.

“Every day I skate, I seem to keep pushing forward from there.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63

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