Rookie goalie John Gibson to start

ByPierre LeBrun ESPN logo
Sunday, May 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie John Gibson got the starting nod in goal for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, a gutsy gamble by coach Bruce Boudreau.

Gibson, with only three career regular-season NHL starts under his belt, got the call over veteran Jonas Hiller, who came in to relieve rookie Frederik Andersen midway through the third period of Game 3. Andersen remains out with a lower body injury.

Hiller started the first two games of the series, both losses at Honda Center. The Los Angeles Kings lead the series, 2-1. 

Gibson, 20, went 3-0-0 with the Ducks this season, sporting a .954 save percentage after stopping 83 of 87 shots he faced. He was given the start late in the regular season in a huge game against San Jose, stopping 36 of 38 shots as the Ducks won to clinch the Pacific Division.

Gibson, a second-round pick by the Ducks in the 2011 draft (39th overall), also backstopped AHL Norfolk to a playoff series upset over the Kings' AHL team in Manchester in the opening round. He sported a .955 save percentage and a 1.45 goals-against average in six AHL playoff games this spring. He was recalled from the AHL on Friday.