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Ducks' Gibson on Lewis goal: 'It happens'

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:24 AM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Ducks-Kings series blog

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Ducks' Gibson on Lewis goal: 'It happens'

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks rookie goalie John Gibson isn't known for being overly talkative, and he was certainly concise when asked about the first bad goal of his Stanley Cup Playoffs career.

With Anaheim trailing 1-0 in the second period of Game 6 of this Western Conference Second Round series, Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis skated down left wing and wristed a harmless, low shot that beat Gibson under the pads at 14:04.

The Kings won 2-1 to force Game 7 on Friday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Gibson recovered after what could have been a confidence-blowing goal. Asked about resetting after the goal, Gibson said, "Yeah, it was just one shot. Missed it. It happens."

Did Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen screen Gibson on the play?

"I missed it," Gibson said.

Gibson, 20, has otherwise been sensational in six NHL games between the regular season and playoffs. Prior to the game Wednesday, he was 2-0 with a .957 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against in the playoffs. Game 6 was the first loss of his NHL career (5-1-0); he went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .954 save percentage in the regular season.

It was obviously a bit surprising to see him slip for the first time, but Gibson made up for it with a sprawling glove save on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty later in the second period. He finished with 21 saves on 23 shots.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, whose gamble to insert Gibson paid off with wins in Games 4 and 5, simply said "no" when asked if he would say anything to Gibson about the goal. Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano likely expressed what Boudreau and the team thinks.

"It's unfortunate for him," Cogliano said. "But we obviously have his back 100 percent. He's been great. He made some other key saves. The one on Doughty should have been a goal, so he made up for it with some really big saves. I fully anticipate with him responding with a great game [on Friday]."

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