Los Angeles Hockey: John Gibson

Ducks sticking with Gibson for Game 5

May, 11, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After starting three different goalies in three straight games, Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau decided to alleviate any suspense on Sunday.

The kid stays in, obviously, after a 28-save shutout.

"Well, I kind of believe that it's not a difficult decision," Boudreau said with a smile. "I'm not going to try to play that game. He came in. He played great. He's going to go again."

Boudreau said he told John Gibson on Friday night that he was the starter for Game 4, and told a disappointed Jonas Hiller the news on Saturday morning.

While his face could not hide his disappointment Sunday, to Hiller’s credit he said he was willing to accept whatever is good for the team, that he just wants to be supportive of his teammates.

Prodded Sunday to find out why he made the decision to start a rookie without NHL playoff experience, Boudreau was asked about playing in the AHL in the mid-1980s when his club was upset by a 19-year-old goalie in the playoffs.

"We lost to Patrick Roy that year," Boudreau said. "And then we've also done the same thing coming out of juniors to Carey Price in the American League (2007 AHL playoffs), where he beat us in the championship. You know young kids can do it. They just come up and they're ready. And those two that I just mentioned obviously were very special goalies. I think, and I don't want to hype him too much, this is what they've been talking about him for the last three years."

The Price-Gibson comparisons have already begun, in large part because both are so calm and cool.

"Nothing seems to bother him and that was the thing I first saw with Carey Price," Boudreau said. "In that [AHL] series, you couldn't faze him. He'd just move and make all the saves look easy. Consequently he's gone on to be one of the best."

Ducks' injuries


Boudreau said center Mathieu Perreault (lower-body injury) would be a game-time decision Monday night. But Boudreau said injured winger Matt Beleskey and injured goalie Frederik Andersen would sit. Both players suffered lower-body injuries in Game 3 and did not play in Game 4.

Kings look to rebound


Meanwhile, out at the Kings' training facility in El Segundo on Sunday, a veteran team looked to recharge after dropping two straight.

Head coach Darryl Sutter had some fun, too.

"Yeah, I’m not rattled. I’m just thankful I’m alive today. I’m fortunate to pull through after the devastating loss [Saturday] night," Sutter said before pulling a M.A.S.H. reference out of his repertoire. "Radar and Hawkeye had to get me up to come here today."

Point taken. This is a team that has seen it all, won a Cup two years ago, went to the conference finals last year and erased a 3-0 series deficit to San Jose in the first round this year.

Losing two straight to rival Anaheim is not going to rattle this playoff-savvy group.

"It’s the best-of-three. Nothing wrong with that," veteran center Jarret Stoll told reporters Sunday. "They’re a great team. They had the best record in the West, No. 1 seed, whatever they were. So they’re a good team. We know that. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We can say that. It’s a series now. A good, positive day today. We came in and the boys were in good spirits. Get ready to win a road game."

Ducks: List of rookie camp invitees

September, 12, 2011
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The Ducks open rookie camp today at Anaheim Ice, a scaled-down version from the ones they’ve typically held over the years. There are no scrimmages planned during the four-day camp. Instead, the team will focus on off-ice workouts and power skating. Unlike previous years, the camp is also closed to the public. The rest of the Ducks are scheduled to report for the official start of training camp Saturday.

Here’s a list of the invitees, their position, height, weight and 2010-11 clubs.

FORWARDS

Nick Bonino, C, 6-1, 190, Syracuse (AHL), Ducks (NHL)

Joseph Cramarossa, C, 6-0, 190, Mississauga (AHL)

Nicolas Deschamps, LW, 6-1, 182, Syracuse

Emerson Etem, RW, 6-1, 195, Medicine Hat (WHL)

Peter Holland, C, 6-2, 187, Guelph (OHL), Syracuse

Matt Kennedy, RW, 6-2, 210, Charlotte (AHL), Syracuse

Maxime Macenauer, C, 6-0, 188, Syracuse

Patrick Maroon, 6-4, 225, Adirondack (AHL), Syracuse

Kyle Palmieri, RW, 5-10, 194, Syracuse, Ducks

Rickard Rackell, RW, 6-0, 199, Plymouth (OHL)

Rick Schofield, C, 6-2, 198, Lake Superior State (NCAA), Syracuse

Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, 6-0, 207, Mississauga

DEFENSEMEN

Matt Clark, 6-3, 2-11, Syracuse

Jake Newton, 6-3, 205, Syracuse

GOALIES

Igor Babkov, 6-4, 192, London (OHL), Syracuse

John Gibson, 6-3, 206, U-18 Natl, Dev. Program

Iiro Tarkki, 6-3, 191, Espoo (Finland SM-Liiga)

It's Gibson and Gibson for Kings and Ducks

June, 25, 2011
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The Ducks added some depth to the organization's goalkeeper chart Saturday morning during the second round of the NHL draft. The Kings did too.

The similarities didn't stop there. Both goalies also share the same last name, though they're not related.



Anaheim selected the top-ranked goalie in the draft, John Gibson, with the 39th overall pick. The Pittsburgh native, who will turn 18 next month, helped the U.S. National Team Development Program win gold at the U-18 World Championships in Crimmitschau, Germany last month. He was named the tournament’s best goaltender after finishing 6-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

With the status of Jonas Hiller (vertigo symptoms) still unsettled after missing most of the second half last season, and his replacement, Ray Emery, set to enter free agency July 1, the Ducks needed some depth in the crease, though Gibson likely won't be NHL ready for a couple of years.

The Kings made their first pick of the draft 10 spots later and selected goalie Chris Gibson, a native of Finland who played for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. Gibson, 18, had a 2.42 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for Chicoutimi last season.

The draft continues through the seventh round today. Check here for all the results.

Ducks hope for more luck in the draft

June, 23, 2011
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Few could have predicted last season’s rapid returns.

Holding the No. 12 overall pick in the NHL draft a year ago, the Ducks certainly didn’t expect to land a player who would make the opening-day roster, much less stick around to play 76 regular-season games and six more in the playoffs.




But that very well could’ve been their biggest score last season, somehow ending up with Cam Fowler in their lap.

The offense-minded defenseman turned out to be just the right addition for a team trying to fill the massive hole left at the blue line following the offseason retirement of Scott Niedermayer. Fowler helped lessen the sting, finishing with 11 goals and 33 assists, the latter a club record for a rookie.

A year later, the Ducks are hoping to catch another fallen star, this time with the 22nd overall pick in Friday’s first round, which will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The possibilities are long and varied.

Will the organization look to further bolster its defensive corps? Not only does the back end still need to recoup some of its losses following Niedermayer’s retirement, but fellow blue-liners Lubomir Visnovsky and Francois Beauchemin are also on the down sides of their careers and getting them through another season unscathed seems more and more of a challenge.

Or does the front office go fishing for a future top six forward, especially with Teemu Selanne just days away from his 41st birthday and still undecided about his plans for next season?

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