VANCOUVER, Canada — It was a bold stroke by
Sixty complete minutes of hockey later by Gibson and his teammates, Boudreau's move looked like his most brilliant of the season as the Ducks defeated the
Gibson, with 18 saves, became the youngest goalie since Daren Puppa 29 years ago to post a shutout in his NHL debut, as a Ducks' defense Boudreau referred to as "spotty" during Monday's morning skate rose up to protect the youngster with 22 blocked shots.
"Anytime you're sitting there starting a 20-year-old kid, you're sitting there saying, 'Hey, if we don't play good, they could kill this guy,' " Boudreau said. "They really straightened out the problems we've been having.
"I wanted a complete defensive effort from the team. That's what we've been lacking for the last three weeks. It worked out … everyone was so solid defensively."
The victory puts Anaheim three points ahead of San Jose in the
It also gives the Ducks the thrill of hockey's No. 2 prospect realizing some potential at an ideal time as primary starter
"The team played really well in front of me, made my job easier, only had to make the regular saves," Gibson said. "Everyone realized it was a big game … that's why we had so much success."
Gibson's fellow rookie
Boudreau said, "I don't know what it means to the goalie situation."
Gibson said the game's first five minutes "getting your feet wet" were the most anxious.
He was given a 1-0 lead 6 minutes 26 seconds into the game when forward
Vancouver only had nine shots on goal through two periods, and was en route to missing 21 shots in all, with the Ducks blocking 22.
Seconds later, defenseman
The Ducks also killed three penalties to improve to 21 for 24 when down a man dating to March 20.
Asked when he wants back in, Gibson smiled and responded, "That's not up to me."
The Ducks' five-game season sweep of Vancouver left Canucks' fans chanting for the firing of General Manager