Anaheim Ducks: Three Stars of the Week (March 19-25)

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 23: Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks does the splits in the crease as the puck flies over the net during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on March 23, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 23: Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks does the splits in the crease as the puck flies over the net during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on March 23, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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EDMONTON, AB – JANUARY 4: John Gibson /

First Star – John Gibson

John Gibson is our first star of the week, this is a recording.

He has been the Ducks best player all season. It would be hard to argue that once again Gibson is our first star of the week. The praise is well earned, Gibson played all three road games going 2-0-1 and helped the Ducks take sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division.

The 24-year-old native of Pittsburgh started the week off by stopping all 29 Calgary shots en route to a 4-0 win. Resulting in his third shutout in his past seven games. What made Gibson’s performance more remarkable was that he was playing against a desperate team fighting for their playoff lives. Anaheim’s win doused any postseason hopes the Flames had.

Holding it Together

Gibson didn’t pick up a win against Winnipeg, but if not for him, the Ducks wouldn’t have been able to take the game into OT and earn a point. His teammates certainly knew he saved their bacon.

"“We pretty much hung [Gibson] out. He, I don’t know how, but somehow got us that point. He made about, I don’t know how many saves, 15 good saves he made at least right in front of the net – Nick Ritchie to NHL.com"

Sunday in Edmonton, the Ducks again came out of the gate flat. At first glance, saving only 28 of 32 shots doesn’t look impressive, but many were high-quality opportunities for the Oilers. There will always be players that have a goalies number. Connor McDavid of Edmonton is that guy for Gibson.

This game was another one in which Gibson held Anaheim in the game long enough for the team to respond. His team came back from 3-1 and 4-3 down in the third period to eventually win in overtime.

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Lindholm told reporter Derek Van Diest, the Ducks owed their goalie a better effort, “The first two periods, we were not there at all and we were lucky [Gibson] kept us in the game,” Lindholm said. “At least this time, we could help him out and respond there and we were able to get a win. That was huge for us.”