ST. PAUL, Minn. — It happened so quickly, with so many bodies converging on the net,
"At the end of the game you just do whatever you can to keep the puck out of the net," Gibson said. "A lot of scramble and throwing pucks to the net. So whatever you can do to keep it out."
The puck ended up in Gibson's glove, the most crucial of his 32 saves in a 2-1 victory that ended the Ducks' three-game losing streak. Their 27th one-goal triumph this season also gave them the
"It wasn't a great game for us as far as if you're looking for a perfect game," Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "but it was a character game in that we all hung in together, I thought, and did a good job that way."
"We knew we weren't going to be able to score many goals with the way their goaltending has been and their team has been playing, so I think everybody kind of bought in and really played well on defense," Gibson said. "I just tried to do my job, and I knew the team would bail me out, and I just tried to bail them out when they needed it."
Beauchemin, who scored at 19:13 of the first period on a drop pass from Silfverberg, said with a straight face Gibson was "OK," then broke into a smile. "He was big all night," Beauchemin said. "Especially the way they came out in the first."
"We talked about it," Beauchemin said. "We needed to sacrifice our body blocking shots. Wisniewski made two big blocked shots at the end of the third there and that's how you've got to win games. And especially at the end and in the playoffs, winning the board battles, the one-on-one battles and make sure you come out with the puck from the corners, and stuff like that. Those are details of the game you need to do if you want to be a championship team."
They looked nothing like a championship team Wednesday. They were closer to that level Friday. "Tonight was a typical playoff game and I think this is the way we have to play if we want to be a successful team," Silfverberg said. "Play hard in both zones and play solid defensively and we did that tonight and we came out on top and that's great news for us."