Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson earns Three Stars honor, LA Kings' Quick gets William M. Jennings Trophy

April 14, 2014

With the NHL regular season completed, the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings are now focused on making a run for the Stanley Cup this postseason, but not before their respective goaltenders managed to first gather some individual honors along the way.

Ducks' goaltender John Gibson, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, and Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen today were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 13.

In addition, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who played at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.  Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby also captured his second career Art Ross Trophy as the League scoring champion, and Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his fourth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader.

John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks

Gibson went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout to help the Ducks (54-20-8, 116 points) post four consecutive victories and clinch the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. He made 18 saves in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks April 7, becoming the first goaltender to record a shutout in his NHL debut since April 1, 2009 (Al Montoya).

Gibson then stopped 36 shots in a 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks April 9, helping the Ducks clinch their second consecutive Pacific Division title and the third in franchise history. He closed the week with 29 saves, including 12 in the third period, in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche April 13. The 20-year-old native of Pittsburgh was selected by the Ducks in second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and helped the team set franchise records for wins (54) and points (116) this season.

Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings

Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 174 goals, three fewer than the Boston Bruins. He captured his first William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the first in Kings history, compiling a 27-17-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, and six shutouts in 49 appearances.

Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon as the winningest goaltender in Kings history when he recorded his 172nd career victory March 22. He also moved within one of Vachon’s franchise record for shutouts when he posted the 31st of his career on April 2. Together with Martin Jones (4) and Ben Scrivens (3), the Kings compiled a League-leading 13 shutouts, a franchise record and the second-most by any team in the past nine seasons (2011-12 Blues: 15).

By Staff of and news services

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