Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau hasn’t been afraid to take risks when it comes to his goaltending in the playoffs and it paid off big on Saturday.
With Los Angeles up 2-1 in the second round series, Anaheim turned to 20-year-old goaltender John Gibson, who is highly regarded, but had all of three games worth of NHL experience to that point. He stood tall against the Kings though, stopping all 28 shots he faced en route to a 2-0 victory.
So what can he do for an encore? He’ll get to play at home tonight, but the road team has won every game in this matchup so far.
“I know he’s calm and cool or whatever, but it’s our job to make his job a lot harder,” Kings forward Mike Richards said. “It’s a tough situation that he’s put in, with [Saturday] night maybe, possibly, their season on the line.
“It’s now a best-of-three series, so it’s a lot of pressure to put on a young kid.”
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The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.