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Previous Game: Gibson Shuts Out Kings in Playoff Debut as Ducks Even Series with Game 4 Win

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Gibson Shuts Out Kings in Playoff Debut as Ducks Even Series with Game 4 Win
LOS ANGELES – Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau showed the guts of a burglar in choosing 20-year-old rookie John Gibson to start a crucial Game 4 against the Kings at Staples Center.

And Gibson made his coach look brilliant by saving all 28 shots he saw in a 2-0 shutout of LA that evened this Battle for SoCal series at two games apiece.

Gibson, making his postseason debut and playing just the fourth NHL game of his career, was unflappable throughout the night, and the Ducks supported him with first period goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Getzlaf at the other end.

"I have confidence in this young man," Boudreau said. "When you call up a young guy, they always have that adrenaline. He played a great game tonight."

At 20 years, 330 days, Gibson became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his playoff debut. He's also the youngest goalie to start a playoff game since Columbus' Steve Mason (20 years and 329 days) on April 23, 2009 vs. Detroit and the youngest to win a playoff game since Montreal's Carey Price (20 years and 238 days) on April 24, 2008 vs. Philadelphia.

Gibson got the nod over Jonas Hiller, despite the fact Hiller was solid (seven saves on eight shots) after replacing Game 3 starter Frederik Andersen, who left in the third period with a lower-body injury and was scratched tonight.

"When I found out I was going to play, I was excited," Gibson said. "I knew the team had to get a win tonight."

Smith-Pelly, who played a good portion of the year with Gibson with Norfolk of the AHL, said of the goalie, "I've watched him all year. You would think there would be some nerves, but there were none."

A lengthy stretch without a shot on goal didn’t hurt the Ducks, who relied on a stingy defense (25 blocked shots) as the Kings tried desperately to get back in the game. Yet they gave a sellout crowd of 18,489 very little to cheer for throughout the evening.

"It was all about our defense," Gibson said. "They cleared the front, and a lot of guys were blocking shots. It's playoff hockey, and you have to do what you have to do. It was a big game, and we came out with the win."

The Ducks got on the board with 3:58 left in the opening period as Corey Perry made a beautiful blind pass from behind the net in front to Smith-Pelly, who chipped it under the crossbar.

Anaheim went up 2-0 on the power play with 1:15 left in the period, as Getzlaf missed a chance at a wide open net, but he recovered the puck and flipped it off the helmet of a sprawled out Jonathan Quick and over the stripe.

"I missed an open net to start, but our guys did a good job around the net," Getzlaf said. "Perry poked it over and I tried to get one on net, then I tried to get one on net. Then it went off Quick and went in."

The Kings made the surprise move going into the second to pull Quick and replace him with rookie Martin Jones. But Jones wasn’t tested in the second, as the Ducks managed no shots on goal the entire period. Meanwhile, Gibson saved all 12 shots he saw and got help on one other, as Getzlaf jumped into the crease to block a Drew Doughty bid at an open net.

The Ducks ultimately endured a drought of 25:33 between shots, finally getting one 5:29 into the third period on a four-minute power play stemming from an Anze Kopitar high-sticking on Andrew Cogliano. The Ducks got their only three shots of the period during that stretch, but couldn’t find the net. They ended up with just 14 shots on the night.

But they got away with it by shutting LA down in their own end, evening a series that now moves back to Anaheim for Monday’s Game 5.

"The fifth game is the most important game of the series," Boudreau said. "It always is. They’ll play harder in that game than ever because they know that if they win it in our building, they have a chance to win it in their building. We better be ready."




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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