Wednesday was a whirlwind day for Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson. In the afternoon, Gibson learned he had been named to the 2016 Pacific Division all-star team. But before the night was through, Gibson was heading to the dressing room early and on the shelf day-to-day with an apparent right leg injury.
Gibson’s injury came early in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After sloppy neutral zone play by the Ducks, Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri burst through the neutral zone and stripped Anaheim blueliner Shea Theodore of the puck. Kadri didn’t have enough space between himself and the net to make a move and the back pressure from Theodore caused Kadri to fall into Gibson.
The contact from Kadri wasn’t too heavy, but it was the way he clipped Gibson that seemed to injure the netminder. The contact pushed Gibson’s leg awkwardly under his body, and following the collision Gibson was grabbing at his right leg and ankle:
Gibson left the game with the training staff and Frederik Andersen came into the contest in relief and allowed one goal on 13 shots over the final 19:19 of the game.
Post-game, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told media that Gibson is being considered day-to-day.
"I don't know too much right now," coach Bruce Boudreau said, via NHL.com. "We're calling it a lower-body injury, day-to-day at this point. He was going to come out anyway. My thought process was we're down 3-0 at the time, he's going to come out of the game. There's no sense playing him even if he's not hurt.”
Unfortunately for the Ducks, the injury to Gibson didn’t fall at a time when they’ve got a string of days off. Anaheim plays three games in the next seven days. Losing Gibson for an extended period of time could really hurt the Ducks, too. In 16 games, Gibson has gone 8-5-2 with four shutouts, 1.76 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Gibson was the only rookie goaltender to be named to the All-Star Game.