The unquestioned No. 1 starter in goal for Year 2, Gibson has propelled the Ducks to three points through two games.
In the season-opening victory over the Arizona Coyotes, the 24-year-old dazzled with a number of acrobatic split saves, perhaps none greater than a game-defining sequence in the second.
That was Gibson at his best. At his worst, he has kicked back a number of rebounds. He did a better job corralling pucks during Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the
Gibson came up with plenty of opportune saves, though, and if that continues, coach Randy Carlyle and Co. will surely be pleased.
“He’s played great for us, he’s kept us in both hockey games, he’s been a big reason why we’re in the position we are,” said Ducks defenseman
The Ducks again made sure Gibson would stay sharp. He faced 30 shots in the opener (four goals for a .867 save percentage) and another 37 in Game 2 of 82.
He was forced to show his worth on the penalty kill with consecutive sprawling saves on Giroux. Moments later, Ivan Provorov blasted the puck past Gibson for the game's first score.
The penalties have been an issue already. The Ducks accrued 18 penalty minutes on Thursday (two of four on the power play), and 10 of those minutes were handed down to Gibson for leaving his net during a second period fracas.
The Flyers were on the man-advantage on five occasions, but Gibson stonewalled them each time.