Ducks’ Gibson named December’s rookie of the month

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Anaheim goalie John Gibson has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month for December, the league announced on Monday.

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[Gibson] went 5-3-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 appearances.

Gibson, a second-round selection (39th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, shared the League lead in shutouts with Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (13 GP). He recorded two of his three blank sheets with consecutive 1-0 victories to close the month, snapping the Calgary Flames’ franchise-record 11-game home winning streak with a 14-save performance Dec. 29 and ending the calendar year with a 21-save game against the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 31.

Gibson, who has appeared in 41 career NHL games, owns an 8-4-2 record with a 1.63 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 15 outings this season. He paces all goaltenders in goals-against average, ranks fourth in save percentage and is tied for third in shutouts.

Other rooks in the running included Chicago’s Artemi Panarin (four goals, 11 points in 15 games), Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (three goals, 11 points in 14 games), Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Marchessault (five goals, nine points, 13 games) and Philly’s Shayne Gostisbehere (three goals, nine points in 12 games).

With the win, Gibson joins Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Detroit’s Dylan Larkin as rookie of the month winners this season.