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Video: Gibson was able to calm the nerves, win playoff debut for Ducks

May 11, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

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Bruce Boudreau took a risk. It came with a reward. And now he looks like a genius.

The Anaheim Ducks head coach started 20-year-old rookie goaltender John Gibson in Game 4 of this second-round Western Conference playoff series with the L.A. Kings. Gibson, with three NHL regular season starts prior to Saturday, was solid, turning away all 28 shots he faced to post the shutout. Anaheim, thanks to the play of their inexperienced netminder and two quick first-period goals, got the win and has tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Gibson also recorded a shutout in his NHL regular season debut, too. That was back on April 7 against the Vancouver Canucks.

“I think there’s always nerves. I think you’ve just got to control them. Once the first five minutes kind of get out of the way, you kind of start to relax a bit as the game goes on,” Gibson told Brian Engblom of NBCSN immediately after the game.

  1. areaman714 - May 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM


  2. infieldhit - May 11, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    I wonder if the Hiller situation is as awkward as it must seem.

  3. cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    As a fan, I cant criticize a coach that see’s and speaks with his players daily. If Hiller has lost confidence, then go with the guys that haven’t, rookie or not. Hiller has been letting in some pretty cheesy goals lately. Kudos to the duck for their perseverance. And cmon, the kings had to come down off that emotional san jose series. Funny thing is, and should scare the Queens and everybody else, is that the Ducks aren’t even playing their best hockey

    Hey blomfelcher, can you say……….DUCK YOU!!!!!!!!Sphincter

    • infieldhit - May 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      They won the first two games of the series, albeit barely. By the time they got to game 3, I don’t think they really had SJ on their minds.

  4. LampyB - May 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Boudreau got great feedback from the organization on starting gibson because he won. Thanks for that snippet captain obvious!

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