Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 4 at LA
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 4
Series tied 2-2
Anaheim 2 vs. Los Angeles 0
May 10, 2014
John Gibson (20 years and 330 days) is the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his playoff debut.
Gibson is the youngest goalie to start a playoff game since Columbus' Steve Mason (20 years and 329 days) on Apr. 23, 2009 vs. DET and the youngest to win a playoff game since Montreal's Carey Price (20 years and 238 days) on Apr. 24, 2008 vs. PHI.
On knowing Gibson was starting
As a group, we have faith in whoever starts for us. That’s [Bruce Boudreau’s] decision and we all stand behind him with whoever he chooses. He know the capabilities that Gibby [John Gibson] has. For him to step in like this in such a critical moment and play the game that he did, it speaks a lot to the caliber player he is.
On winning despite not putting a shot on goal in over 20 minutes
It’s funny how things work. We feel like we played two pretty good games in Anaheim, and we come into LA down 0-2, and they gave us everything they had tonight. We limited the quality chances that they had, and Gibson made the saves we needed. It wasn’t the formula we were looking for, but it’s a win against a really good hockey team. We’ll take it.
On his goal
I missed an open net to start, but our guys did a good job around the net. Perry poked it over and I tried to get one on net, then I tried to get one on net. Then it went off Jonathan Quick and went in.
On putting a 20-year-old rookie in net
Our goaltender has been outstanding all season long. It shows our depth. They’ve played great for us. Bruce has tons of faith in all these guys. Gibson played great at the end of the year when he had to. That carried over into this game.
On making his postseason debut
I got the call when Frederik Andersen got hurt, and I knew I might have an opportunity to play. When I found out I was going to play, I was excited. I knew the team had to get a win tonight.
On tonight’s game
It was all about our defense. 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.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On starting Gibson
In today’s game, he’s been playing and he was going to give us the best chance to win. I got great feedback from everybody in our organization, and they all agreed.
On Game 5
The fifth game is the most important game of the series. It always is, unless the team is swept. 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.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Head coach Darryl Sutter
On pulling Jonathan Quick
It wasn’t difficult, the thought process was that we had given up two goals. We should have done it sooner…they were scared to shoot.
On Anaheim's goaltenders
We were pretty sure of who they were putting in goal, Bruce does that all the time. There’s a history of that, they trust all of their goaltenders.
On tonight's game
I don’t think goaltending is an issue. It’s not shots; it’s the ability to finish it off. We have trouble scoring against Anaheim, they’re doing a good job at keeping us on the outside and keeping top players at the perimeter and I’m giving them credit for it. Some of our top guys have to fight through more.
On the power play
I think our power play is just being too cute right now. We are looking for a better play or the next play as opposed to just getting it to the net and getting bodies to the net. A couple of times we get shots on goal and there is no one in front. Good power plays will just get it to the net and crash.
On puck management
At the end of the day we have to be better all around. Whether its turnovers or puck management we didn't pass the puck well and that lends itself to turnovers. If you pass the puck well it allows the next guy to make the next play. When it's in his feet or behind him it makes it a little more difficult.