The way Ilya Bryzgalov had been playing, a Frederik Andersen-less Anaheim Ducks team seemed to have a shaky short-term future. Good thing John Gibson’s back in the mix, then.
In just his second appearance since Oct. 30, Gibson absolutely carried the Ducks to a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, breaking Anaheim’s three-game losing streak in the process.
The shot differential was significant. Carolina generated a 36-17 disparity in the game with a 29-13 advantage through the first 40 minutes being the most glaring. Even so, only Jeff Skinner’s power-play goal bested Gibson tonight.
Matt Beleskey scored the game-winning, which impressively gives him an NHL-leading eight game-winners this season.
It’s pretty obvious that the Ducks have Gibson to thank for this win, but he took the typical humble hockey player approach after the game:
The Ducks expected to trot out a platoon with Andersen and Gibson in net, but injuries opened the door for Andersen through much of this campaign. Perhaps the reverse might open the door for Gibson?
Either way, Ducks brass has to feel a little bit better about this situation after that display.
Remember when Teuvo Teravainen was the next big thing for the Chicago Blackhawks? The future isn’t quite now, it seems, as CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reports that he was demoted to the AHL on Thursday.
In exchange, the Blackhawks brought up Ryan Hartman and Kyle Cumiskey, according to Myers.
The 20-year-old really hasn’t made much of an impact, especially lately. He’s currently on a six-game pointless streak and has only managed four points in 15 games.
He’s not really getting much ice time on a loaded Chicago offense, so maybe it really makes sense to send the 18th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft to the AHL where he can regain some confidence and be the BMOC (if you will).
There’s plenty of time for him to convert his robust skills to the NHL game, and there’s always the chance that Chicago may get a boost from him later this season (or perhaps in the playoffs?).
Still, the review seems to be “not yet” so far when it comes to “Teuvo Time.”
Dmitrij Jaskin has been having a nice run lately for the St. Louis Blues. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Blues employ some impressive forwards to support him, with Alexander Steen being among the standouts.
The stretch pass Steen sent to Jaskin was a work of art on Thursday:
The Blues have largely been taking it to the Tampa Bay Lightning so far tonight. We’ll see if that carries over through the remainder of the game.
Update: St. Louis won in an impressive fashion by a tune of 6-3.