Ducks seek to keep goalie John Gibson from enduring another bumpy ride against Predators – Orange County Register

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There were many things the Ducks could have done better in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville. Protecting their goalie is one.

Within seconds of each other, John Gibson got knocked over by Nashville’s Harry Zolnierczyk and then run over by the Predators’ Mattias Ekholm. And the Predators were able to put the pucks into an empty net past the sprawled netminder.

Neither would count as the potential goals were waved off. The second one got Ekholm two minutes for interference. But those were the most visible examples of Nashville’s well-executed plan to make hard charges to the net and make things as difficult as possible for Gibson, bumping him often.

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