Derek Stepan

John Gibson has been a mixed bag in goal for the Ducks

John Gibson has been a mixed bag in goal for the Ducks

If the Ducks are going to withstand the early onslaught of injuries, it’s going to be John Gibson who helps them brave the storm.

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. Derek Stepan split the defense on a breakaway, but Gibson stonewalled him, and then swatted away the trailing Christian Dvorak’s attempt alone in front.

That was Gibson at his best. At his worst, he has kicked back a number of rebounds. He did...

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