In response to
The promotion might not simply be a precautionary move that will keep him planted on the bench for Game 4 on Saturday night at Staples Center.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked Friday whether hockey tradition suggests there's no way he should put a kid in the net for Game 4 — down a game in the
"There's no way … " Boudreau said in a voice to accentuate that it is indeed possible. "He's always an option if he's called up. We'll see."
First, Boudreau said, he had to await a medical evaluation of Andersen, who underwent treatment Friday but did not skate. If Andersen is cleared and is pain-free Saturday morning, he appears to be the top choice to start after his 22-save showing in Thursday's 3-2 victory.
If it's a choice between Gibson and
Gibson's talent and grace under pressure shined in his late-season call-up when he helped the Ducks clinch the
The 20-year-old — who led Team USA to the World Junior gold medal and a bronze in the World Championships — went 3-0 last month when Andersen was injured and then-starter Hiller was staggering through a three-game losing streak.
Gibson gained a road shutout at Vancouver in his
In addition to Andersen, Ducks forward
If Beleskey can't go, one option would be to shift forward
"The depth is what's gotten us to where we are," Boudreau said. "[From November] to the first games of the playoffs, we've changed lines a lot. I don't think the players will miss a beat."
First to strike
The Ducks' interest in scoring the game's first goal is "huge," Perry said after doing the trick Thursday against the Kings, who gave up the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season.