Admirals lose John Gibson to Anaheim

(WAVY) — The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Admirals goaltender John Gibson. Thursday night in the Ducks 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, former Admiral goaltender Frederik Andersen left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a leg injury.

The loss of Gibson is a blow to the Admirals. He had been outstanding for Norfolk in the playoffs, and he registered 80 saves in two games against the St. John’s IceCaps. The series is tied 1-1 and resumes Saturday night at Scope.

With Gibson now in the NHL, the Admirals turn netminding duties over to 28-year-old Brad Thiessen.

“Both he and Gibson have been the strengths of our team throughout the year,” coach Trent Yawney said.

“Thiessen gives us coaches a pretty comforting feeling, we wouldn’t be doing this today if it wasn’t for him down the stretch.”

Thiessen was instrumental in helping the Admirals secure the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At the time, Gibson was in Anaheim, but was sent down to Norfolk before the AHL playoffs and replaced Thiessen in net.

The Admirals host three consecutive playoff games at Scope, Saturuday, Monday and Tuesday. The series then shifts to St. John’s for games 6 and 7 if necessary.

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