The View from Anaheim - LA Kings Insider


Helene Elliott: Bruce Boudreau’s gut instinct was on the mark in Ducks’ win

They won because of Gibson’s athleticism and calmness, because they again dented the Kings’ penalty killing — which continues to suffer without injured defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr—and because they pulled together in support of Gibson and each other. Getzlaf lifted his game too, and at one point blocked a shot by Drew Doughty that had eluded Gibson.

Chris Foster: No place like home (to lose) in this series

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said this series “feels different.” Both teams have stayed in hotels near Honda Center and Staples Center the night before games. But, as Cogliano said, the teams “just drive down the road.”

Lance Pugmire: It’s rook takes Kings as Ducks win, 2-0, to even series

En route to the fourth consecutive win by the visiting team in hockey’s first freeway series, the Ducks gave Gibson a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Getzlaf, creating a deafening silence inside sold-out Staples Center as the period ended.


Rich Hammond: Gibson shuts out Kings to help Ducks even series

Gibson, the Ducks’ 20-year-old goalie of the future, became their puck-stopper of the present when Coach Bruce Boudreau tabbed him (over veteran Jonas Hiller) to replace the injured Frederik Andersen.

Jeff Miller: Ducks’ Smith-Pelly delivers Quick strike

The win not only pulled the Ducks even in the second-round series, 2-2, it also continued to chip away at the notion that Quick is armed with almost comic skills.

Mark Whicker: Ducks’ future provides boost for Ducks’ present

In four games for the varsity, Gibson has given up four goals. He also is the youngest goalie ever to pitch an NHL shutout in his first playoff game.


Pierre LeBrun: Rookie Gibson calmly evens series

Gibson seemingly had ice running through his veins as he stopped Marian Gaborik on a dangerous 2-on-1 chance in the first period, made a terrific pad save on a Tanner Pearson chance in the middle period when the Ducks were outshot and stoned Tyler Toffoli with his best save of the night, in-close on a one-timer from the slot in the third period.


Curtis Zupke: Rookie goalie blanks Kings; Ducks even series

It was the latest turn in a strange and compelling inaugural Freeway series in which the road team has won every game. The Ducks won despite going more than 25 minutes without a shot on goal, but that took a backseat to the main story.

Corey Masisak: Gibson era is officially underway for Ducks

They turned aside 25 shots from the Kings in Game 4, including 21 in the first 40 minutes alone. The biggest save of the game might not have been made by Gibson, but by captain Ryan Getzlaf, who got in front of a Drew Doughty shot in the second period with Gibson on the ground and an open net waiting.


Chris Kober: Ducks Grab Early Lead, Hold on for Dear Life to Even Series at Two

Just past the minute mark of the penalty the Ducks struck again. Sami Vatanen’s shot from the point left a rebound, which Corey Perry poked to Getzlaf coming in the back door. Getzy missed the open net as Quick was being his normal aggressive self, but he gathered the rebound behind the net and banked a shot off of Quick’s face and in for the two goal lead late in the first.