Michael Del Zotto

Amid mess, John Gibson and the Ducks have success against Flyers

Amid mess, John Gibson and the Ducks have success against Flyers

Even by the standards of the drama-prone Ducks, this registered high, and on different scales.

First, there were the regular-season franchise-record-tying 51 saves for goalie John Gibson, on a career-high 54 shots faced. Mixed in was a mysterious sequence when Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle pulled Gibson in the second period, only to send him back out.

Underlining all that was Ryan Kesler’s first hat trick as a Duck, three goals in the opening 22 minutes, and even that wasn’t enough to guarantee victory on a night when the Ducks’ defense looked like it was still on holiday. 

But from that mess emerged a 4-3 Ducks shootout win Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers...

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