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Ducks Game 5 updates: Gibson starts, Beleskey out

May 11, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

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After the way Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson performed in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs start, coach Bruce Boudreau sees no reason to mess with a winning formula.

Boudreau told reporters following practice on Sunday that Gibson would get the call to start again in Game 5 in Anaheim. Gibson stopped all 28 shots he faced in a 2-0 shutout in Game 4 to help the Ducks even-up their series with the Kings at 2-2.

Gibson got the call to start after Frederik Andersen went out with an injury in Game 3. As for Andersen’s health, Boudreau said he won’t be available for Game 5 meaning Jonas Hiller will backup Gibson.

Forward Matt Beleskey will also will not play in Game 5 for the Ducks after he sustained a lower-body injury in Game 3. He missed Game 4 and also missed time in the first round against the Dallas Stars.

The Ducks have gotten solid contributions from their depth players throughout the playoffs and while Beleskey had a solid Game 3 before getting hurt, guys like Devante Smith-Pelly have seized the moment.

  1. homegrowntalentmn - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Knew this guy was gonna be a beast! Future USA goalie

  2. kaptaanamerica - May 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Boudreau has made the adjustments to match the kings. Darryl needs to step up if the kings hope to win this series…

  3. nhstateline - May 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    LA’s organization must hate this kid. First he killed the Monarchs more or less by himself and now he’s after them directly……

    • cyggyx1 - May 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      There can only be One…… ;)

  4. aldog83 - May 12, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    Credit to the Ducks as well for Blocking 25 Kings shots!!!

    almost as many as the KINGS put on net (27)

    Shame on the KINGS for blowing the 2-0 coming home…..

    Anaheim should have this “In the Bag” now!

  5. cyggyx1 - May 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    There is very little home ice advantage here.

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