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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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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