Rookie Gibson calmly evens series

So when Andersen went down Thursday night, the thought process quickly went toward Gibson, who had been outstanding in the AHL playoffs to date.

"I got great feedback from everybody in our organization, and they all agreed, so we started him," Boudreau said.

It's clear, too, that Gibson has already won over the players in this Ducks dressing room.

"I haven't scored a goal yet on him in practice," Cogliano said. "Not that I have an unbelievable shot. But he's a different goalie; he plays a lot likeĀ  [Jonathan] Quick. He takes angles away, and he's very confident. He's got a little swagger to him. Yeah, he's going to be good."

Swagger, confidence, the body language Saturday night emanated all of it.

"He doesn't seem to get rattled," Boudreau said. "He didn't in the three games we had him up earlier, and he didn't today."

So, to sum up, the Ducks have started three goalies in four games this series and are somehow tied 2-2 with the 2012 Stanley Cup champs. The players got the news Saturday morning that the kid was in.

"I'm not surprised at anything anymore, trust me," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who scored the second goal of the game. "Everything's relative to the situation, and I think they were just trying to get a spark, obviously. We got two quick [goals] on them."

The Ducks rode two first-period goals, hung on and held off the shot clock in the second period (a first in Ducks franchise history for a playoff game) as the Kings tried to rally.

"I don't want to give ourselves too much credit here," Getzlaf said. "We've not accomplished a whole lot. We've came here, and we played like we needed to win. We're going to have to play better. It's a matter of going forward now and getting better as we go."

What's odd about a series in which the "road" team is 4-0, is the winning team hasn't yet been very satisfied with its overall game. That's representative of how closely these two teams are matched up, but also because they play very similar games. The team scoring first is also 4-0, which is not an anomaly. The team scoring first gets to set the tone and lay down its defensive grip on the other and suffocate the opponent.

"Yup, it has been important," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of the first goal. "You don't want to think it's important, but, obviously, in this series, it has been."

Sutter decided to make his own goalie headlines Saturday night, pulling star Quick after he allowed two goals on 11 shots in the opening period and replacing him with backup Martin Jones.

Boudreau said, like many, he was surprised by Quick being pulled, and yet ...

"At the same time, on the bench during the first period, I was saying that Quick didn't look like himself," Boudreau said. "I've got so much respect for that guy. I never think a goal is going to go in unless it bounces in off something. I'm sure he'll be back in Monday playing the best game of his life. I was surprised a little."

It was likely more a case of Sutter wanting to wake up a slumbering squad.

"Should have done it sooner. They were scared to shoot at [Gibson]," Sutter said.

What's bothering the Kings coach right now is as clear as day.

"We have trouble scoring against Anaheim," Sutter said. "They're doing a good job of keeping us to the outside, keeping top players to the perimeter. Give them credit. Not allowing us any time or space. Some of our top guys have to fight through it more."

That's exactly what Boudreau was saying after the opening two games, which again underlines how both teams are doing the same things to each other to limit time and space.

Right now, though, the Kings are the ones feeling frustrated.

We leave the last word to Sutter, who delivered a gem of a sarcastic response when asked just how his team would recover from losing two straight at home to Anaheim. After all, we're talking about a Kings team that came back from 3-0 down to San Jose last round.

"I don't think I can recover," Sutter said. "It's almost impossible."

In this series, anything is possible.

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