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Rookie goalie Gibson backstops Ducks to victory over Kings in Game 4

May 11, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

You’re in, John Gibson.

The Anaheim Ducks turned to the 20-year-old rookie goalie Gibson in a critical Game 4 against the L.A. Kings in the second-round playoff series. It would’ve been understandable had Anaheim’s head coach Bruce Boudreau turned to the veteran Jonas Hiller. Quite the stage for a young player, never mind one tasked with stopping pucks, to be put right into. Gibson, who has spent the vast majority of this season in the American Hockey League, was making his Stanley Cup playoff debut.

On this stage, Gibson was spectacular. He made 28 saves for the 2-0 shutout victory over the Kings. And the best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2. Neither team has won on home ice. Gibson and the Ducks were under siege for most of the final two periods. Anaheim failed to even register a single shot on goal in the second period.

The Ducks did strike quickly in the first period. Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Getzlaf scored less than three minutes apart to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter pulled Jonathan Quick after just 20 minutes, replacing him with Martin Jones.

Jones wasn’t busy at all, forced to make only three saves.

But the story was Gibson, and the gamble by Boudreau to go with an unproven but talented goalie in such an important game.

  1. ajmurray46 - May 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Hell of a gamble by Boudreau to start Gibson but damn, did it pay off. I’d love to see the list of NHL goalies who’ve recorded shutouts in both their regular-season and playoff debuts; I’d doubt it’s a very long one. Hope it’s a sign of a successful career to come for Gibson.

    • areaman714 - May 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM


    • rainyday56 - May 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      I saw Wayne Thomas do it against the Vancouver Canucks in his debut game with the Habs.

  2. canucks30 - May 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Kings choking hard

    • joey4id - May 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Yeah! Right! These guys game back from an 0-3 deficit because they are chokers under pressure. Stick to posting videos. Stupid comment

      • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        No. It’s just that San jose are bigger chokers.

  3. socalavsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Last player to pitch a shutout in their playoff debut. None other than Jonas Hiller 2009 :p

  4. echech88 - May 11, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Gibson looks like the real deal. What a prospect for the Ducks going forward.

  5. dannymac17 - May 11, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    i was there, what a load of crap the kings put on.

    they beat us at our own game. they smothered us like lenny with a rabbit.


  6. dannymac17 - May 11, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    cmon kings. jesus christ.

    • infieldhit - May 11, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Eh, it’s just tied, and even as a Ducks fan I feel the remaining games could go either way. Yeah, the Ducks have home ice now, but it wasn’t much good for either team so far.

  7. jimeejohnson - May 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Blomfeld: where’s the video of Elvis losing? Remember: it’s only a game.

    • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      He’s on Santa Monica Blvd, sucking hard, just like the Queens are now…..;)

    • blomfeld - May 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      James … just like life itself, we always knew that this series was never going to be easy eh ?


  8. cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM


    Blomfelcher is hiding his sorry ass head in the sand, or an L.A. pothole to be more accurate.

    • dannymac17 - May 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      he actually posted right above you. so you are kinda wrong.

      • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        nope. He replied! right above me………pay attention. 😉

  9. slysipops - May 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM


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