According to a report from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, the Anaheim Ducks have recalled goaltender John Gibson from the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, a day ahead of Game Four against the Los Angeles Kings.
Gibson posted a shutout in his first NHL game on April 7th, and went on to win all three starts during his time with the Ducks.
He was sent back to the AHL’s Admirals to begin their playoff run as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, where they knocked off the league-best Manchester Monarchs in four games.
Gibson has the best save percentage (.955%) and second-best GAA (1.45%) of all American Hockey League goaltenders in the playoffs, winning four of his six games.
The move comes the morning after Frederik Andersen suffered a lower-body injury against the Kings in Game Three, with Anaheim now trailing 2-1. Ducks starter Jonas Hiller was on the bench for most of Game Three, but was put in for the final minutes of the third period, allowing one goal on eight shots.
Gibson’s absence leaves the Admirals with Brad Theissen as the teams’ starter, as they enter Game Three of their own semi-final series against the St. John’s Ice Caps. Gibson, who was one of the main reasons the Admirals won Game One of the series, has left a huge hole in the lineup, and the Ice Caps now hold the advantage card after their Game Two win on Wednesday night.
With two losses, the Ducks could possibly be out of the playoffs by Monday, May 12, meaning that Gibson could cross the continent in-time for Game Five of the series, which would go on Tuesday in Norfolk.
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