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John Gibson gets first playoffs start in net for Ducks in Game 4

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

John Gibson had a .954 save percentage in his first three NHL games. (Getty Images)
John Gibson had a .954 save percentage in his first three NHL games. (Getty Images)

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The Anaheim Ducks kept their starting goaltender for Game 4 a surprise all the way up to warmups and even then it was a surprise. A big surprise.

With Frederik Andersen injured in Game 3 and unable to play, John Gibson led the Ducks onto the ice prior to Game 4, meaning the 20-year-old would make his first Stanley Cup playoffs start in just his fourth NHL game.

Talk about rolling the dice for Bruce Boudreau. He chooses Gibson, the promising future goaltender of the franchise, over Jonas Hiller, who started the first two games of the series. Hiller did struggle at the end of the season, though, which gave Gibson a chance to play a few games and impress.

Gibson was called up on Friday after Andersen's injury and apparently Broudreau didn't want that to be in vain. That, or the Ducks still don't feel comfortable that Hiller can get the job done.

For those counting at home, Gibson getting the nod means that the Ducks have had three different goalies start in the first four games of their series against the cross-town Kings, a rather amazing stat for a team that had the best record in the West this season.

Gibson has been busy and playing well lately, minding the nets for Norfolk in the AHL and posting a .955 save percentage in their postseason. There's a lot of potential in Gibson but this is a huge spot. All eyes will be on the American rookie.

 
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