John Gibson was the first
As the Ducks (34-14-7) continued to struggle defensively in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss in Florida -- Anaheim has given up 30 goals in its last seven games -- Gibson was summoned to replace that night’s starter,
Gibson was also struck for three goals, but those came on 18 shots and twice the Ducks exhibited horrific defense.
Gibson was called up from minor-league Norfolk on Monday after Ducks starting goalie
After Wednesday’s practice in Raleigh, Ducks Coach
Gibson, 21, was 2-2 in the playoffs last season, winning Game 5 of the
He was 2-2 this season, including a 38-save shutout at Chicago Oct. 28, but suffered a serious groin injury. While Andersen thrived, appearing in 20 consecutive games Nov. 7 to Dec. 18, the Ducks opted to leave Gibson in Norfolk and sign Bryzgalov, 34.
Boudreau on Thursday played coy about who was starting Thursday night against the Hurricanes (19-26-7), who haven't played since Saturday and took the Ducks to overtime before losing Feb. 3 at
DEFENSE-MINDED? As the Ducks worked intensely Wednesday to clean up their defensive flaws and address lazy play that led to nine penalties in Tuesday’s loss, Boudreau at one point barked fiercely at defenseman
Vatanen, with 12 goals and 34 points, is in the midst of a breakout offensive year, but he is a defenseman and focus on those responsibilities is the highest priority.
"We all know what we have to do ... get the puck in deep and we can't let them score five, six goals a game," Vatanen said. "We hold teams to one, two, we win the games.
"I don't think too much on the ice. I just play my game, do my best, try and help the team win games. The main thing for me is winning.
"Of course, you have to play defense first. After that comes the offense."
Was that point hammered home by Boudreau?
"I don't remember what he was saying," Vatanen said.
ROSTER MOVE: The Ducks moved center William Karlsson back to Norfolk on Thursday. He was recalled when Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf suffered an unspecified lower-body injury (the