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by Paul on 05/11/14 at 11:04 AM ET
GIBSON BACKSTOPS DUCKS IN PLAYOFF DEBUT
John Gibson (20 years, 330 days) became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, making 28 saves for the Ducks as they won 2-0 to even their series with the Kings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chris Osgood (21 years, 145 days) established the previous mark on Apr. 20, 1994 with Detroit.
* Gibson, who also posted a shutout in his regular-season debut on Apr. 7 versus Vancouver (18 saves), is just the second goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout in both his first regular-season and playoff games. Boston’s Tiny Thompson earned a shutout in his first regular-season game in November 1928 and also was perfect in his postseason debut in March 1929. (Elias)
* Elias also says that Gibson is the youngest goalie to ever play a postseason game for the Ducks and is the youngest netminder to start a playoff game since Steve Mason (20 years, 329 days) made his debut with Columbus on Apr. 23, 2009. Gibson is the youngest to win a playoff game since Montreal’s Carey Price (20 years, 238 days) on Apr. 24, 2008 versus Philadelphia.
* The Ducks now have started three different goalies in their first four games versus the Kings: Jonas Hiller (Games 1 and 2),Frederik Andersen (Game 3) and John Gibson (Game 4). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers were the last team to start three goalies in the first four games of a best-of-seven series, starting Bob Froese, John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter in their four-game sweep at the hands of the Penguins in the 1989 Division Semifinals.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Anaheim is just the fifth team since 1989 to start multiple rookie goaltenders in a single postseason, with each team doing so within a single series:
Anaheim, 2014: Frederik Andersen (1 start) and John Gibson(1)
Montreal, 2008: Jaroslav Halak (1) and Carey Price (11)
San Jose, 2001: Miikka Kiprusoff (2) and Evgeni Nabokov (4)
Winnipeg, 1990: Stephane Beauregard (3) and Bob Essensa(4)
Hartford, 1989: Peter Sidorkiewicz (2) and Kay Whitmore (2)
* Kings goaltender Martin Jones played the final two periods in relief of Jonathan Quick, marking the first time two rookie goaltenders have played in the same playoff game since Apr. 28, 2008 when both Halak and Price played for Montreal.
* Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf celebrated his 29th birthday with two points (1-1--2) and now has a point in each game of the series (1-5--6). He also helped preserve Gibson’s shutout with a spectacular save in the second period.
* Devante Smith-Pelly scored his third goal of the postseason and first since his game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in regulation in Anaheim’s first-round series-clinching victory over Dallas. His goal in Game 4 was his first postseason game-winner and the second such goal of his NHL career (Nov. 30, 2011 versus Montreal).
MORE ON GIBSON
* Gibson was selected in the second round (39th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft by Anaheim - one spot behind Magnus Hellberg (38th overall, NSH), the only goaltender chosen before him.
* He holds a perfect 3-0-0 record in three regular-season games including a 1.33 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and a shutout in his NHL debut on Apr. 7 at Vancouver.
* A product of the U.S. National Development Team Program, Gibson has backstopped Team USA to multiple gold-medals, most recently at the 2013 World Junior Championship where he posted a 5-2 record, 1.36 goals-against average and .955 save percentage. He earned tournament MVP, Best Goaltender and all-star team honors.
* Gibson also led the U.S. to gold medals at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, where he also was named Best Goaltender, and at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
* At the 2013 World Championship, Gibson stopped 36 shots and three of four shootout attempts to lead the U.S. to a 3-2 win in the bronze-medal game versus Finland. He finished the tournament with a 1.56 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in five games.
* A Pittsburgh Penn. native, Gibson played minor hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets alongside Brandon Saad (CHI) and J.T. Miller (NYR).
QUICK GOALS POWER BRUINS TO GAME 5 WIN, 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored power-play goals 32 seconds apart in the opening 1:36 of the second period and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots as the Bruins skated to a 4-2 win over the Canadiens to take a 3-2 series lead.
* Smith and Iginla’s tallies were Boston’s first playoff power-play goals versus Montreal since Michael Ryder scored with the man advantage at 19:57 of the second period in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Bruins were 0-for-38 with the man advantage between Ryder and Smith’s goals.
* Iginla’s game-winning goal was his second of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and seventh of his postseason career. The only other time Iginla had multiple winning-goals in one year was 2004 when he scored three deciding goals to lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final.
* Carl Soderberg scored his first career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal (12 GP) and matched a career-high (regular-season and playoffs) with three points (1-2--3).
* Loui Ericksson (1-1--2), Reilly Smith (1-0--1) and Matt Fraser (0-1--1) each found the scoresheet for the Bruins in Game 5. All three players were acquired as part of an off-season trade with the Stars.
* Rask had his shutout streak snapped at 121:58 but improved to 7-3 in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a League-leading 1.70 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
DID YOU KNOW?
With Anaheim’s Game 4 victory, all four second-round series have been extended to at least six games for just the fourth time since the NHL began playing four rounds of playoff hockey in 1974-75. The other years were 1986, 1999 and 2009:
1986 Division Finals
Montreal over Hartford in seven games
NY Rangers over Washington in six games
St. Louis over Toronto in seven games
Calgary over Edmonton in seven games
1999 Conference Semifinals
Toronto over Pittsburgh in six games
Buffalo over Boston in six games
Dallas over St. Louis in six games
Colorado over Detroit in six games
2009 Conference Semifinals
Carolina over Boston in seven games
Pittsburgh over Washington in seven games
Detroit over Anaheim in seven games
Chicago over Vancouver in six games
The battle of Southern California has seen the road team win all four games of the series . . . Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen recorded an assist for his first career Stanley Cup Playoffs point . . . Kings forward Justin Williams played in his 100th career playoff game . . . The Kings held the Ducks to zero shots in the second period, marking a playoff franchise record for both clubs. The Kings have held their opponent without a shot in a period on just one other occasion: Apr. 5, 1978 versus St. Louis (regular-season). . . P.K. Subban posted 1-0—1 and continues to lead the Canadiens and all defensemen in scoring with 4-8—12 in nine playoff games.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers, PIT leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Minnesota @ Chicago, series tied 2-2, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS2
the above information was supplied by the NHL PR department
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