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Getzlaf and Perry lead Ducks offensively to playoff win

Ryan Getzlaf
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According to TSN, Canadian Olympic gold medalists Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each registered two points on Saturday as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. With the victory, the Ducks and Kings are now tied at two games apiece in the Pacific Division final.

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, while Perry had two assists. Devante Smith-Pelly opened the scoring at 16:02 of the first period from Getzlaf and Perry by capitalizing on a lucky bounce and Getzlaf scored just over two minutes later at 18:45 of the first period on the power play from Perry and Finnish Olympic bronze medalist Sami Vatanen.

Getzlaf of Regina, Saskatchewan and Perry of Peterborough, Ontario each won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Vatanen was part of the Finland team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

However the biggest story of the game was the outstanding play of Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gibson, the Ducks' second round pick in 2011, had 28 saves for the shutout in his very first National Hockey League playoff start of his career, and only the fourth start of his National Hockey League career.

Do not be surprised if Gibson will be Bruce Boudreau's choice for Ducks goaltender the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs. With Danish netminder Frederik Andersen out with a lower body injury and Jonas Hiller showing inconsistency as of late, Gibson becomes not the goalie of the future for the Ducks, but the goalie of the present. Anaheim is looking for its first Stanley Cup since 2007 and is only ten victories away from achieving that goal. Game five of the series is Monday night in Anaheim.

The emergence of Gibson is not a shock. The Ducks goalie was the primary reason the United States won the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic Divison final on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jarome Iginla (gold medal winner from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver) scored the game winning goal as Boston beat Montreal 4-2. With the win, the Bruins take a 3-2 series lead.

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