Monday night, Ducks goalie John Gibson saved 35 of 38 shots and turned away two of three attempts in the shootout (the first of his NHL career) to help the Ducks to a dramatic 4-3 win over the visiting Red Wings.
That performance -- not to mention what he has done the last several games with Frederik Andersen
out with an injury -- are what Ducks fans have come to expect of Gibson after he was drafted in the second round in 2011 and made a splash last regular season and playoffs.
But this season hasn't gone quite as planned for the 21-year-old Gibson, who had a tough start by giving up six goals to the Penguins in the season opener in his native Pittsburgh. He was sent to Norfolk to get some playing time while the Ducks leaned heavily on Frederik Andersen, then came back up to Anaheim and played well before suffering a groin injury in early November.
Andersen's injury (he was hit in the back of the head by the falling net on February 8 in Tampa) coupled with Ilya Bryzgalov's ineffective play has Gibson playing a starring role for the Ducks yet again.
And he's responded as expected, with wins in his last three games, including that one last night vs. Detroit.
While Gibson isn't the most gregarious of Ducks, he has the flat-lined temperament ideal for a goalie expected to endure the ups and downs of the professional game.
Here's a little more about Gibson:Nickname
Baldwin HS in Pittsburgh [he was actually cut from the school's hockey team as a freshman]
Favorite NHL player growing up
Probably Mario Lemieux, just from growing up in Pittsburgh and watching him. That’s why I got into hockey. Favorite hockey moment of your career
It would probably be winning the World Juniors and my first NHL game, in Vancouver [an 18-save shutout win].Favorite TV shows
I watch all the stuff on Netflix, like Breaking Bad and Prison Break, and I like classic shows like Friends. Favorite bands
I listen to a lot of rap and techno, but I don’t really have a favorite necessarily. I like Drake. Celebrity crush
I always liked Friends, so I’ll go with Jennifer AnistonWho would play you in a movie about your life?
I’ve been told I look like that guy from Friday Night Lights with the long hair [Taylor Kitsch], so I’ll go with that. Favorite food
I like sushi, chicken and pasta, all that stuff. Favorite vacation spot
Anywhere there is nice water and sun.