Late scoring barrage ends with 5-3 Admirals loss

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – If Saturday night was any indication of what postseason life will be like without John Gibson in goal, the Norfolk Admirals better kick their offense into high gear.

The Admirals gave up four third-period goals, and fell to visiting St. John’s 5-3 in game three of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Ice Caps now have a 2-1 series lead, and have taken back home-ice advantage after losing the series-opener 3-1.

With Gibson in the net, it took the Admirals four games before they surrendered their fifth playoff goal. Granted, not all the blame goes to Brad Thiessen, who saved 26 of 30 shot attempts. Gibson, meanwhile, lead Norfolk’s parent-club Anaheim to a 2-0 win over the Los Angelas Kings in game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

To boot, it was Gibson’s first career playoff start.

The Admirals and Ice Caps will play game 4 of the series on Monday night, and will drop the puck at 7:15.

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