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Doughty on Gibson: ‘I’d take Quickie over him any day’

May 13, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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Based on the last 24 hours, you almost get the feeling L.A. is a little tired of hearing about John Gibson.

Anaheim’s rookie netminder, who has won two straight against the Kings while stopping 67 of 70 shots, has become a major story in this second-round series — and the Kings are not-so-subtly trying to put the 20-year-old in his place.

“As good as he is, he’s not impossible to beat,” Kings d-man Drew Doughty said, per the Associated Press. “I’d take Quickie [Jonathan Quick] over him any day still.”

Doughty’s remarks come the day after L.A.’s 4-3 loss and subsequent comments made by head coach Darryl Sutter, who sarcastically refereed to Gibson as the most amazing goalie he’s ever laid eyes on.

“He’s the best goalie I’ve ever seen,” Sutter said, with just the slightest bit of sarcasm. “I can’t believe he got one by him tonight.”

Intentional or not, both sets of comments put Quick in a spotlight with Gibson — and it’ll be very interesting to see how that plays out. Quick’s a fiery competitor that’s shown a history of rallying when his back’s up against the wall; in 2013, he rebounded from allowing two shaky goals against the Blues to capture the series in four straight and, this year, he responded brilliantly after going down 0-3 to San Jose. Quick will need to be as good now — if not better — after giving up nine goals on his last 57 shots faced, posting a sub-par .842 save percentage.

The other thing to consider from Sutter and Doughty’s comments? The mental angle.

The Kings clearly want to try and ratchet up the pressure on Gibson because — as they showed against San Jose — winning the fourth game of a series is by far the most difficult. For as good as the Ducks’ netminder has been, he’s still a 20-year-old kid with just five NHL starts on his resume and that lack of experience could loom large in high-intensity situations.

Just ask Sutter.

“A lot of pressure on [Gibson] now,” he explained. “A lot of pressure on him.”

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I love Doughty, and I’d agree that one Quickie is better than a Gibson. Or two.

    Martin Jones’ debut with the Kings carried a similar buzz; however, that was in the regular season when Quickie went down with a groin injury. Jones started with a 8 – 0 record.

    The media is playing up the Gibson-20-year-old-rookie-first-NHL-playoff-game-and-delivered-a-shutout aspect probably to the point of nausea. That’s okay. Sutter’s response was priceless.

    The Kings have been through tense situations before, and know how to tune out the noise.

    Just bring it home, guys! GKG!!!

    • areaman714 - May 13, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      I think I’d rather have Gibson’s future rather that Quick’s past . . .

      • tfilarski - May 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        kind of a silly comment. quick HAS a stanley cup championship under his belt. those things aren’t guaranteed for the hardest trophy to earn in professional sports.

  2. imleftcoast - May 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    It’d be Psych 101, but Sutter couldn’t get out of high school.

  3. reeggss - May 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Gibson has played well but certainly not unbeatable. The ducks blocked over 20 shots in game 4 including an open net that hit getzlaf. 3 goals should spell a kings win, quick needs to get back to games 1&2 play level

    • areaman714 - May 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Think back to game one . . . The Ducks rattled two posts, a cross bar, and missed two open nets . . . I walked out of that game reasonably sure that Quick could be beaten. That, and the Kings were not exactly an offensive juggernaut.

  4. xtrememachine1 - May 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    This 20 year old has stopped 67 of 70 shots in just 2 games. They’re not blocking that many shots. As for taking Quick over Gibson, Gibson still has a lot to prove, but he’s 2-0 against “Quickie”, so it looks kind of foolish to say you’d take him over Gibson right now.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Jonathan Quick – Conn Smyth Trophy winner 2012 with a 16 and 4 playoff record, 1.41 GAA and a .946 save %. Overall in the NHL, 335 games played since 2007, 176 wins, 8,009 saves

      John Gibson – 2 and 0, with 67 saves (5 and 0 overall in the NHL, 150 saves overall)

      Who’s foolish?

      Quickie over Gibson – anytime, and twice on Sundays

    • crazyhorse2609 - May 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      it’s foolish for a player on the same team as Quick and the Head Coach of Quicks team to say they would rather have their goalie than the opponents goalie? Makes total sense. Don’t be a gooner.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      keep in mind that a lot of those shots he stopped were taken from the point because the ducks have done a very good job the last 2 games of boxing the kings forwards out of the slot.

  5. stuuuu86 - May 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    2 of the 3 kings goals last night were deflections/redirections, can’t really put those on Gibson.

    If Quick does not stand on his head and play unbelievable, it is very tough for the Kings to win. If you score 3 goals on the Kings it usually means you will outscore them and win because the Kings don’t score a lot and have a below average offense.

    The Ducks are one of the highest scoring teams in the league, they can put in 3-4 goals against the Kings and win.

    Ducks in 6.

    • areaman714 - May 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Yep. If Gaborik doesn’t play out of his mind this series, the Kings are golfing right now . . .

    • cyggyx1 - May 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Still pretty nerve racking last night considering the Ducks blowing too many leads during the season

      hockey is a game of bounces and unfortunate redirects, nobody gets credit or blame for that stuff. Gibson, stood tall. Amazing kid to watch.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Wouldn’t the story be if Doughty said he wouldn’t take Quick?

  7. stcrowe - May 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    As neither a Kings nor Ducks fan, I am neutral. However, I hope the kid makes them eat their words.

  8. jernster21 - May 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I’d take a quickie over a gibson too.

  9. blomfeld - May 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Person A: I’d personally take a Mercedes over a Yugo any day of the week …

    Person B: you don’t say ? :)


    Quick and Doughty …
    my favorite two players in the game and the absolute ‘best’ players on the planet today at their respective positions ! … today, tomorrow and forever !!! :) :) :)

    You show ’em Drew ! … way to stick up for Quickie !

    executive summary: the Anaheim Ducks are now ‘finished’ … end.



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    2 teaspoons salt

    2 teaspoons paprika

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    1 (5 pound) whole & ‘overly’ confident duck

    1/2 cup melted butter


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    Rub salt, pepper, and paprika into the skin of the duck. Place in a roasting pan.
    Roast duck in preheated oven for 1 hour. Spoon 1/4 cup melted butter over bird, and continue cooking for 45 more minutes. Spoon remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over duck, and cook for 15 more minutes, or until golden brown.

    • tas750 - May 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Where were you when the kings were down vs Sharks blomfeld?! Idk who i loathe more Ducks or blomfeld.

      What did you expect Doughty to say?!? You think Crosby would say he’d rather have Lunqvist? Toews would rather play infront of Bryz?!?

    • cyggyx1 - May 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      I’m a Ducks fan from day one, and even I wouldn’t say we had the best players “on the planet” on our team, even with the likes of Neidermayer and Pronger on D. Keep proving youre delusion LadyBoy Felcher.

      Have you looked at Doughboys stats?

      Goals 0
      Assist 1
      Game 1 and 2 plus/minus +2 each
      Game 3 and 4 plus/minus -1 each
      Game 5 plus/minus 0

      SOG 10
      TOI 142:06

      Drew Doughboy is M.I.A

  10. chiadam - May 13, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Can we hold an intervention to advance hockey nicknames? Just adding an e or an r (or the more complicated zy) to the end of a name are not cutting it anymore.

  11. echech88 - May 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Player on Kings says he’d prefer the Kings’ goalie to the Ducks’?


    File this one under “Not News”

    However, the Kings fans on this thread using career stats of Quick to diminish a 20 year old rookie is pretty golden.

    • 1981titan - May 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Another Stupid stat that means nothing: Quick lost more games yesterday than Gibson has lost in his career. True Stat, but given the quantity of games not real meaningful.

      GO DUCKS.

    • cyggyx1 - May 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      “However, the Kings fans on this thread using career stats of Quick to diminish a 20 year old rookie is pretty golden.”{

      Brilliant!!!!!!!! well said.

    • mangoman1966 - May 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Send gibby back to his turn we give you fleury. How bout that deal.

  12. 19to77 - May 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    And that, my friends, is what a team sounds like when a player’s gotten into their heads.

  13. antkowiak666 - May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    That’s right Doughty……you can take him over to your place to watch the Conference Finals from your cozy love seat:)

  14. suesawicki2000 - May 14, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Prove he’s unbeatable, over the next 2 games! GO KINGS GO!!!!

    • antkowiak666 - May 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      If they were to prove he IS UNbeatable in the next two games,the Kings will be sitting at home watching the rest of the playoffs(even though the Ducks only need 1 win).

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