The push by San Jose never came and the
It's an ideal formula for victory in a season in which such blueprints haven't come to fruition enough for the Ducks.
Here's what we learned:
Defense is still the Ducks’ bread and butter. They allowed one shot through the first half of the third and two total for the period. Ducks Coach
It also might be their new template after their second 1-0 win against San Jose this season. The Ducks' offense still hasn't come around, so scratching out low-scoring wins is the alternative.
“Playoff games are a lot like that,”
John Gibson isn't going anywhere. Gibson's contract allows him to be reassigned without going through waivers, but that's not a logical option to clear the Ducks' logjam of three goalies.
Gibson is 2-1-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average and .971 save percentage in his past three games and 3-2-1 with two shutouts since his recall Nov.24.
"I'm just trying to play my game, and when the team plays like that in front of me, it makes my job that much easier," Gibson said.
It was Thompson's second game of the season in his return from major shoulder surgery this summer. Thompson is a blue-collar player who won't put up fantasy-league statistics but he can have an impact in blocked shots, faceoffs, penalty killing and forechecking.
"We've missed that element," Boudreau said.