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John Gibson makes Stanley Cup playoff debut for Ducks

May 10, 2014, 9:24 PM EST

John Gibson, with all of three National Hockey League regular season games experience, makes his Stanley Cup playoff debut for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

The Ducks confirmed the 20-year-old Gibson gets the start against the L.A. Kings in Game 4 of that Western Conference second-round series. In three regular season games for Anaheim, Gibson had a 3-0-0 record, with one shutout, .954 save percentage and 1.33 goals-against average.

No pressure though. It’s only the post-season. And the Ducks trail 2-1 in the series.

The opportunity for Gibson comes because of a lower-body injury to Frederik Andersen. In the third period of Game 3, Jonas Hiller was forced to make a relief appearance when Andersen went down with the injury.

Despite the fact the Ducks got the win, even with Hiller placed into a difficult situation, Bruce Boudreau is deciding to go with the future Anaheim starter in a big game against their rivals, the Kings.

Earlier in the series, Boudreau referred to Hiller’s performance in Game 1 as “adequate.” Not necessarily a huge confidence booster for Hiller.

  1. esracerx46 - May 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    No disrespect to Gibson…but what the hell did Hiller do to piss Boudreau off?

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      yeah, i can in now way get behind this kind of decision making.

      i think Bruce is a really good coach but he has a history of not picking his man and sticking with it.

      im a pretty strong believer that not only in regular season but especially in playoffs you gotta pick a guy and go all in with him until it become obvious he cant do the job. understandably, a couple bad games can send you packing in the payoffs but he never even picked a guy to begin with.

      unless Gibson comes in and does something spectacular, it WILL be the reason the Ducks get eliminated.

      I think he is the best goalie in their organization and hes a pittsburgh product so, hopefully he does well.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I could understand starting Anderson over Hiller, but Gibson? Writings on the wall. Hiller obviously won’t be a Duck next year, which is pretty astounding given all the great work he’s done.

      • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Jiggy won a cup with them and still got traded. Gretzky was traded. Nobody is ever safe, in the world of sports, it’s ‘What have you done for me lately…..’

    • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      probably nothing, other than let in way too many soft goals in the latter part of the season. He will be traded in the off season.

  2. bearwithjetpack - May 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Baptism by fire Gibson, Bruce clearly believes he can do it.

    And so do I. Gibson is going to be great.

  3. ludacrish05 - May 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    As a caps fan, this is why Bruce couldn’t get out the 2nd round, he doesn’t trust any goaltender

  4. ludacrish05 - May 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Look how he treated teemu, sitting him out for no reason

  5. jacketsfan7 - May 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I don’t know but that’s pretty damn cool that the ducks will have used 3 goalies in the Stanley cup playoffs!!!!!

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      why

      • esracerx46 - May 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I think he meant sad…possibly funny since he’s not a Ducks fan.

  6. jacketsfan7 - May 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I don’t know but that’s pretty damn cool that the ducks will have used 3 goalies in the Stanley cup playoffs!!!!!

  7. kings138 - May 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    There goes hiller’s confidence. Goalies go through a lot. They shouldn’t give up on hiller just like that. Sutter didn’t give up on quick after allowing 7 goals for example.

  8. 19to77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    And if they lose, Boudreau will somehow find a way to blame Hiller for it anyway. He just hates him that much.

  9. gbart22 - May 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    He could be a game changer!

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Assuming Boudreau doesn’t yank him on the first goal he allows.

  10. vbcaps - May 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I went to the ducks ahl teams round 2 game tonight and they lost ! Where was Gibson. !???? Ohhhh

    Good for him and getting the W

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