Something that Fox Sports West tweeted yesterday: John Gibson’s out her playing the ‘Grinch that stole the Penguin’s Christmas’ after stopping 29 shots that came his way in a 4-0 @anaheimducks win in Pittsburgh.
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The Ducks played the reining Stanley Cup Champions before the 3-day holiday break. Carlyle goes with the Pittsburgh native John Gibson in the net for the Ducks and to start the game for the Peguins is Matt Murray but once too many pucks went in the net there was a goalie change for the Pens and Tristan Jarry goes in for the rest of the game. There is one player on the Anaheim Ducks that really made a difference in this game and that is why I say Merry Gibs-mas. John Gibson counted on his athleticism and that got him the shutout for this goalie playing in his hometown and in front of his friends and family. He shutdown ALL of the Penguins players to watch or keep an eye on, their sniper Phil Kessel, of course Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin.
Merry Gibs-mas, John Gibson just made ALL DUCKS fans and the team’s Cristmas wishes come true with this 4-0 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh!!!
The MERRY GIBS-MAS Game Highlights:
Just under 5 minutes into the period… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! UNASSISTED GOAL- IT’S ALL KASE!!! Kase is one sneaky and sly Duck. With his speed and skills got to the net and up and over the goalie pads went the puck. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks just minutes into the game.
Click here to see Kase goal: Kas’s nifty backhand goal
A little more than 5 minutes later, it’s RickRakAttack Time… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Smooth moves in front confuses Murray who thought he had it but that little puck sneaks through the pads. Such an unbelievable goal from Getzlaf to Rakell. The Duck with a bigger lead over the Pens, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see Rakell goal: Rakell nets slick backhander
Patric Hornquist and Silfverberg start to mix things up and exchange words but nothing really got started between them.
With 2 minutes left in the period the Penguins get a real good shot at goal and if it wasn’t for Henrique swatting the puck away and out of the danger zone, he single handed gets it far from the net and Ducks netminder John Gibson who has been outstanding all throughout this openning period.
Randy Carlyle likes to switched things and lines up and he put Kase in the top line with Getzlaf and Rakell and it at times was like magic- instant chemistry on the ice together.
The Ducks head into the locker room with the lead and a goaltender showing nothing but confidence and a stellar performance in the first. That was a solid 20-minutes. IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson just needs to keep it up, keep on doing what he did in the first. The Ducks push the puck to the net and make the Pens work so hard to try to get one to the net and get a shot at Gibson.
Penalty Killing time for Anaheim, as Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for cross-checking Ryan Reaves. During the penalty kill the Ducks did something that you rarely see in a game and during the PK. THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! With a pass from Montour, Andrew Cogliano gets a breakaway and Murray had no chance at saving that one. Now the Ducks have a much bigger lead, it’s 3-0 Ducks
Click here to see Cogliano goal: Cogliano’s shorthanded break on the Penalty Kill
After the goal by Cogliano the Penguins coach decides to switch goaltenders Matt Murray is in and Tristan Jarry in net to defend the Penguins.
BIG SAVE GIBSON, completely an unbelievable save, this save shows how athletic John Gibson is and his way of saying “It’s GIBBY TIME”
Click here to see John Gibson unbelievable save- with Ducks broadcasters Gibson Robs Crosby- with Ducks broadcasters
The Ducks go on another PK as captain Ryan Getzlaf is off to the box for interference, interference with Jake Guentzel. The Penguins turned the puck so many times and neither team was able to capitalize on that Anaheim Penalty Kill/ Penguins Power Play.
Wish I could find the video of this one but had no luck finding it, Brandon Montour and Evgeni Malkin go at it but there is reason for them cross-checking and shoving each other on the ice. Malkin almost decapitated Logan Shaw with his stick as he is going after Montour. Shaw’s helmet comes off completely and with all 4 zebras around while this was happening they didn’t make the clear and obvious penalties that should have been made.
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play, as Brian Dumoulin for holding Ondrej Kase. It’s the first power play of the game for the Ducks…AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG AND ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Fowler score with just 3.4 seconds left in the period. Fowler gets a perfect pass and goes top shelf short side. The Ducks remain in the lead, it’s now 4-0 Ducks.
Click here to see Fowler goal: Fowler’s PPG with 3.4 left in the 2nd
As the Ducks head off to the locker room, with the 4-0 lead over last seasons Stanley Cup Playoff Champions, Rickard Rakell is looking hungry on the attack. So in the final period of play keep an eye Rakell because if he looks hungry it’s RickRakAttack Time which is always good for the Ducks but not so good for the Penguins tonight. Gibson just needs to go out with confidence and keep on doing what he’s been doing the last 40 minutes of play. The Ducks will be expecting the Penguins to play desperate for the last 20 minutes of the game. It’s the final period coming up so lets seal the deal on this one and head home with a very Merry Christmas victory present over the Penguins.
In the beginning of the period Hampus Lindholm gets all tangled up with Bryan Rust and to get untangled they sort of mix things up a little and because the officials saw it they declared it roughing. Lindholm and Rust are off to the penalty box with roughing penalties. It’s 4-on-4 for 2-minutes. Nothing was generated during the 4-on-4. Penalties Killed, back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play, as Patric Hornqvist is off to the penalty box for tripping Rickard Rakell. The Ducks were unsuccessful in capitalizing from that power play. Penalty Killed.
This game has come to an end with the Ducks having an early Christmas Present from the Penguins, they got a 4-0 victory for Christmas and John Gibson got the victory and first shutout win of the season in front of his hometown and his family and friends.
I SAY THIS WITH CONFIDENCE- THE ANAHEIM DUCKS PLAYED AN ENTIRE 60 MINUTES OF HOCKEY TONIGHT.
This game marks Anaheim’s second shutout vs. Pittsburgh and first in over 15 years (Dec 15, 2002 in Anaheim, 5-0, Giguere). This is also the first shutout for either team in the season series in Pittsburgh.
Once again Merry Gibs-mas, John Gibson just made Cristmas wishes come true with this win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh!!! Gibby will see you on the 27th and 29th before going into the New Year and if it is anything like this game the Ducks will be going into the New Year on fire and looking good and hopefully with more healthy players off the injury reserve.
Happy Holidays!!! but first…. thoughts on the game below
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
John Gibson (on the game): This was definitely more special, especially because the last few times didn’t work out that good. I wanted to make sure I was on my game tonight. The team really played well in front of me. We’re starting to really find our game. Everybody is gaining confidence with each other. When we put our game together, that’s how we play right there. It was a total team effort.
John Gibson (on the hometown win over pens): Obviously, it hasn’t gone the best here the past few years. So, it was nice. As long as we win, I’m happy. But I mean, yeah, it’s definately extra special when your family and stuff is in town. So it was fun.
Andrew Cogliano (on the game): It’s huge to go up 3-0. We talked about getting that next goal. We knew they were going to make a push and if they would’ve got the to make it 2-1, the game could’ve changed, especially in this building. So, it was a big goal. I think all the goals tonight were important and all the goals came at the right time.
Cam Fowler (on helping Gibson get the shutout): It might sound silly, but for us, it was important. Mainly because of what John’s done for us all season. I mean, he’s stood on his head multiple times and given us opportunities to win hockey games. I know it was important for him playing in front of his friends and family.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on how team is playing): We’ve been kicked around a little bit in the last while. We’ve given up points and we’ve had two-goal leads in hockey games. That kind of wears on people after a while… We’re starting to get our team back together. We’re playing more as a team.
Thoughts on the game from the Pittsburgh Penguins players and coaches
Kris Letang (on the game): It’s a slow start. We didn’t get to the forecheck. We didn’t get to our speed. It was kind of a game [where] everybody was kind of waiting. I think we have to initiate.
Head Coach Mike Sullivan: It’s tough when you start the game the way we started. We spot them two goals. We all, as a group, and our coaching staff is included in that, we’ve got to do a better job of being prepared for the start of games and the drop of the puck. When you go down two goals the way we did early, it makes for an uphill battle.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs Golden Knights on 12/27 and if any new updates over holiday break.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks
Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com
Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Offense Roars and Gibson Stands Tall in 4-0 Victory in Pittsburgh”
Source: Wes Crosby- “Gibson, Ducks shut out Penguins”
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