Anaheim Ducks

Gibson blocks pucks, steals the show

JOHN GIBSON had 50 saves in goal for the Anaheim Ducks in their 3-2 win Sunday over the Florida Panthers (Photo by Bridget Samuels).

On Hall of Fame Night, when some of hockey’s greats were enshrined, the Anaheim Ducks got a just-enough performance and defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at Honda Center.

John Gibson put on an epic show by himself, with 50 saves. “When you come into a game, you might get 10 [saves] or you might get 50,” Gibson said. “You have to be ready to play every night.”

Former Ducks Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were honored for their great careers, mostly with the Ducks. But after posting a 3-1 lead, the present-day Ducks could have used their help in holding off the visitors.

Anaheim got power play goals from Brandon Montour and Rickard Rakell following a tally by Josh Manson. But the Panthers closed to within one goal at the 17:01 mark of the third period, and mounted a fierce assault on the goal, only to be denied by Gibson’s heroics.

The win put the Ducks’ record at 9-7-3 and moves them into a tie for fourth place in the NHL Pacific. Next up will be a game in San Jose against the Sharks (10-8) on Monday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s