The Anaheim Ducks went from having a pair of great goalies in Jonas Hiller and Frederik Anderson to two guys that the greater NHL population hadn’t heard of but would have to watch anyways. John Gibson got the nod in goal for the Ducks in Game 4 and ended up helping Anaheim even the series at 2-2.
As a result, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau stated on Sunday that Gibson would again get the start in Game 5 as he saw no reason to mess with his netminding formula if it’s working.
Something else that likely helped make Boudreau’s decision easier is the fact that Frederik Anderson is still nursing a leg injury that will keep him out of Game 5. But Gibson was pretty great against the Kings in Game 4 and he’s clearly earned a spot in goal for the time being.
Should the Ducks win this series and face the Minnesota Wild — should they finish off the Blackhawks — the Conference Finals would be dominated by talk of who starts in net as the Wild have goalie injury issues of their own which may end up making a Wild-Ducks conference finals more entertaining than we think.
Of course, the chances of the Ducks arriving in the Conference Finals rides on the pads of Gibson.