With an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive
Throughout the season, with the exception of a last-minute injury to former Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, the goalie off the ice first has started that night's game.
Gibson made his
When Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked, however, whether letting Gibson off the ice first was an indication that he wanted that type of play to continue with the Ducks being so attentive to defense and responsible puck handling, Boudreau hedged on whether it will be Gibson in net tonight.
"Not saying that he's in," Boudreau said. "He may have come off first, but there were reasons for that."
Which were? Boudreau was asked.
"Not telling you," Boudreau said. "We'll see tonight. I don't know that he's in."
That's likely gamesmanship with the rival Sharks.
If it’s not Gibson, the choice would be the team’s primary starter this season,
Ducks forward Corey Perry said "it's a big game for us," with the Sharks (49-21-9) just three points behind the Ducks (51-20-8) with three games remaining for each team.
"We want to be going into the playoffs riding that high. Vancouver was a great start for us," Perry said.
The Ducks are just a point out of the
While the Ducks have games remaining against the
"Anytime you can push your way to the top, it's an honor," Perry said. "Still a lot of work to do, but it's a step in the right direction."