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Report: With Andersen hurt, Ducks to recall Gibson

May 9, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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Prized Ducks goalie prospect John Gibson will soon be on his way to Southern California in the wake of Frederik Andersen‘s lower-body injury, according to the O.C. Register.

Andersen, who limped off the ice with 10 minutes left in Game 3 and wasn’t putting any weight on his right leg, is currently listed as day-to-day and there are question marks surrounding his availability for Saturday’s Game 4 at Staples Center.

If the Danish netminder can’t go, Hiller would start and Gibson — the highly-touted 20-year-old, currently playing with AHL Norfolk — would back up.

At least we think that’s how it would go.

There’s no telling exactly what will transpire, as Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau has changed goalies like socks this postseason. Andersen got all six starts in the opening round against Dallas but was yanked twice, including in the deciding Game 6 when Hiller came in with Anaheim down two goals, then stopped all 12 shots faced as the Ducks rallied to win in overtime.

That Game 6 effort got Hiller the nod in the first two games of the Kings series, though Boudreau was hardly complimentary in discussing Hiller’s play, saying the Swiss goalie’s Game 1 outing was “adequate.”

Then, for Game 3 of the Kings series, Boudreau went back to Andersen for, uh, a rather curious reason:

So yeah. Best not to expect anything but the unexpected here.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Gibson stood on his head in the three previous games he played for the Ducks. As much as I’d like for his success to continue, it’s good to read that he will be in Anaheim to back-up Hiller. I’d hate to have to root for my Kings to win at Gibson’s expense.


    • 1981titan - May 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Or is the bigger fear they would lose to a goalie with 3 career starts in the NHL

  2. 19to77 - May 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    All this goalie-juggling has visibly destroyed the confidence of both Hiller and Andersen. Both of them have looked like they’re fighting the puck this series. Boudreau has no idea how to manage his goaltending situation and it’s hurt the play of both his netminders. Sutter kept his faith in Quick even after getting blown to pieces in the first two games against the Sharks, and look what happened there. Quick got his groove back and boom, reverse sweep.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      I couldn’t agree more. The merry-go-round that is the goaltending situation in Anaheim has not only hurt the play of both and hurt their confidence, it has to have scared the players playing in front of them.

      • branmuffin17 - May 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        I don’t really agree with this, but I understand where you’re coming from…

        Consider that the Kings’ goalie situation is significantly different compared to the Ducks. Quick is signed through 2023. He is obviously their franchise goalie for the next decade, with a clear divide between him and any backups. I think it’s a 95% chance that any coach would stick with Quick in that situation.

        With the Ducks, Hiller is likely on his way out, no matter how he plays. He is in the last year of his contract. Gibson has been touted as the next franchise goalie for the Ducks, and Anderson has shown, just in this year, that he is a solid NHL goaltender that can fill in the blanks until the Ducks organization decides Gibson’s ready for #1 duties. Hiller and Anderson (and Fasth before he was hurt) shared starting time pretty equally through the regular season…only reason Quick didn’t play more was because of injuries.

        That said, both goaltenders are professionals. You really think a bit of juggling has them completely doubting their abilities??? I think, if anything, sitting one over the other pisses them off and pushes them to play a better game. Neither is better than Quick when he’s hot, so Boudreau has some hard choices to make. Again, no decision if Boudreau was coaching the Kings. Different situations…you’re not comparing apples to apples.

      • 1981titan - May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        I’m with branmuffin on this. The only point he did not make is that since the Olympics Hiller had been fighting hte puck as the regular season closed. Hiller had stretches during the season when he was in top form and could compete with anyone. After the Olympics when he was fighting the puck Boudreau went with Anderson who was consistent in the net.

  3. vbcaps - May 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Noooooo!!! He has been the stud for Norfolk in the AHL who directly lead to the No. 8 seed (Norfolk) knocking out the No. 1 seed in the first round !

    And I am supposed to go to round 2 games this weekend

  4. aldog83 - May 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    GO NORFOLK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (where is Norfolk?)

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