Two days ago Brian Gibbons was playing in the AHL for the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins. Last night he made his NHL debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it’s tough to imagine how things could have gone much better for the 25-year-old. He was named the first star of the game after potting a goal and adding an assist, and he looked just as surprised as anyone at the outcome of his recall.
Gibbons just didn’t score a goal that amounted to icing on the cake for the Pens though.
The team has been mired in a scoring drought for the last several games, and couldn’t seem to find a way to breakthrough against the Anaheim Ducks either. Was this going to be another game in which Pittsburgh only came up with a single goal?
When Gibbons scored, the Pens hadn’t been able to come up with even that yet.
The electricity in the air after Gibbons scored his goal was palpable, and it seemed to give the team a major boost. Pittsburgh would score two more goals after Gibbons, sealing a 3-1 win over a tough opponent in Anaheim.
The youngster spoke to Pittsburgh’s official site about how he was feeling about his first marker in the NHL:
I didn’t know it went in right away. I was kind of blocked off by their defenseman. I saw ‘Geno’ get excited, so that’s when I knew it went in.
It’s mildly amusing that Malkin set up Gibbons’ goal because the newcomer had been slotted to skate on the top line alongside Sidney Crosby. He was left out on the ice because of a partially completed line change and ended up taking a slick pass from Pittsburgh’s other All-World center.
Not a bad start to what is proving to be a promising career for Gibbons.