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Ducks’ goalie Gibson pulled in second period of Game 7

May 16, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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It probably wasn’t the Game 7 performance 20-year-old goalie John Gibson envisioned.

The rookie Anaheim Ducks puck stopper was pulled in the second period of Friday’s game against the L.A. Kings after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Right from the opening puck drop, L.A. was all over Anaheim and wasn’t about to let up.

The Kings gained a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals by Justin WilliamsMr. Game 7, based on his history – and Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

Anze Kopitar ended Gibson’s night at the 2:02 mark of the second period, as his wrist shot beat Gibson to put the Kings up by four goals. Jonas Hiller came into the game for Anaheim.

Gibson entered the series in Game 4, winning his first two starts.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Game Over

  2. phillyphanatic77 - May 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Man I feel bad for Gibson… the kid is a clear future #1 but the rest of the team did not show up. I think most folks felt it would be Hawks-Kings in the WCFs, but you’d expect the Ducks to help Gibson atleast a little more. Anyway, the Ducks have a bright future but there’s almost no chance they can come back against Quick and that stellar D in this game.

    Anaheim should be proud of their season.

  3. drewzducks - May 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Home teams in this round are about to go 0-3 in Game 7’s. The Wild were also eliminated at home, albeit in Game 6.

  4. norvturnersneck - May 16, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Rough game for a rook. Too bad Hiler gave up a goal almost immediately too. Looks like Duck season is over.

  5. johnmr12 - May 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I was at the miracle on Manchester in the early 1980s, so even though I am confident with a 4 goal lead and 1 period left, I also know it can be done.

  6. Professor Fate - May 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Ducks are on the board with a power play to start the third. It ain’t over yet, boys.

    • stakex - May 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Its over. Quick isn’t going to allow 5 goals in 20 minutes.

      • Professor Fate - May 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        5-2 with more than half a period to play. Hoping two in 10 is all he gives up.

  7. areaman714 - May 16, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I always said, go with the veteran.

  8. bobhpine - May 17, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Boudreau should’ve known the age old adage: if you have two goalies, YOU HAVE ZERO GOALIES.

    Kinda like quarterbacks. Gibson will be a good one, the moment was too big for him tonight though. I mean after all it was his fourth game and he is 20, how could not be ready for the crushing weight of pressure of a game 7?

  9. jernster21 - May 17, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    I get not pulling a 20 year old rookie out in the 1st period after he gives up 3 goals, but he shouldn’t have started the 2nd period at all – get Hiller in there and maybe it ends up differently. Either way, Boudreau looked like a genius riding a 20 year old rookie with 7 games of NHL experience until it mattered, and it backfired.

  10. hockeyornothing - May 17, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    I would’ve either started Hiller in 2nd or pulled Gibson after the third goal. I feel for the kid but team didn’t show and it happens

  11. DED - May 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Hiller’s an UFA this summer. After what happened this season, he’s gone. Anaheim’s got two young, promising goalies. He’s 32. It’s clear that he’s lost the confidence of the coach.

    His cap hit was $4.5 million this year. I don’t see Anaheim giving him that money as a backup.

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