John Gibson is a young man of few words with reporters crowded around him, but with pucks flying his way Thursday night, he spoke volumes.
And in boarding a flight back to Southern California with his team after a minor league promotion during Anaheim's tiring five-game trip to the South, Gibson made a convincing case to remain a Duck.
"I just wanted to help the team win," Gibson said. "They've had a tough couple of games," getting outscored by a combined 11-5 in trips to Tampa Bay and Florida. "I wanted to help them get back on track."
Message received, Coach
However, starting goalie
"That's what he's trying to say with that statement, but it's not his call," Boudreau said when asked whether Gibson is now the clear No. 2 goalie.
Gibson went 2-2 in the playoffs last season and posted a road shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks before suffering a groin injury that led him to an extended assignment with minor league Norfolk.
"He's working for every minute he gets," Ducks right wing
As hard as they pushed in Wednesday's practice, the Ducks (35-14-7) couldn't match the energy Carolina (19-27-7) showed during the game's first half.
The Hurricanes, rested since a Saturday game, took 26 of the game's first 34 shots on goal and finally broke through when center
At that point, Ducks tough guy
Less than three minutes later, Beleskey scored his 21st goal by capitalizing on the puck bumbling of Carolina's Victor Rask and stabbed a shot over Ward's right arm.
"When you're in that slump, you gotta go to the net and whack it. I didn't aim on either," Beleskey said.
The Ducks were outshot, 36-17.
"I don't think there was a lot of gas left in the tank for a lot of guys," Boudreau said. "This has been a long trip where we've gotten into the next town no earlier than 2 a.m. every time. Sometimes, wins like this jump-start you to play better."
The goalie was the one holding the reviving paddles.
"He looked in control of himself at all times, square to the puck all night," Boudreau said.
They were 2-2-1 on the trip, but "there's going to be smiles on the plane on the way home," Perry said.
Gibson's should be the widest.