Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson didn’t have the best game of his career Wednesday night, but he did manage to make one jaw-dropping stick save late in the first period. Watch as Gibson scrambles back into his crease and reaches across with his stick to rob Sean Monahan.
For the most part, Wednesday night’s game against the Calgary Flames is one that Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson would like to forget. However, one of the lone bright spots — a diving stick save on Sean Monahan — might stick around on Gibson’s highlight-reel for years to come.
Late in the first period, with the score already tied 2-2, a cross-ice pass to Monahan from Jiri Hudler got Gibson moving hard to his right. Using a quick deke, Monahan shook Gibson out of his crease and had a wide-open net to slide the puck into. Thankfully, the puck hopped over Monahan’s stick on the initial attempt, but he got ahold of the second effort, which forced Gibson to dive across the crease with his paddle out to make a remarkable stop.
The rest of the night didn’t go so well for Gibson, though. In the second frame, the Flames only mustered four shots. Problem is, Gibson allowed three of those shots to sneak by him and allowed another goal — Calgary’s sixth of the night — in the third period on one of the Flames’ three shots.
Anaheim is well ahead of their Pacific Division foes, with an 11-point lead on Vancouver, 12-point spread on Calgary and 14-point margin on Los Angeles. It is, however, the Ducks third consecutive loss and a bad one to take as their season enters the home stretch.
The Ducks have been atop the Pacific Division for almost the entire season and are nearly the top seed in the entire league. If they want to lock up home ice throughout the playoffs, they’re going to need to turn things around quickly.