Once again - for the 5th straight year - they need a win and lose two straight, one at home, one on the road. They just did it in reverse order this year.
Outside of the CGY series, they just were playing catch-up the entire second and third round. Regardless of injuries, who was in net, Getzlaf being on fire or cold, Perry scoring or not, Rakell scoring or not, Silfverberg scoring or not, Fowler scoring or not. Against EDM and NSH they were NEVER in control of either series, and of hardly any games.
Their special teams were terrible, their goal-tending was average. Probably the two most important aspects of playoff hockey.
They had a great regular season and a good playoff run. No shame or hanging heads. Just a reality check regarding their "strength" as a team for us fans who thought we saw some light at the end of the tunnel. Wrong-O.
And NSH has proven once again that you can finish 8th in your Conference and make the Finals. The Ducks should be more focused on winning the Western Conference in May and less on winning the Pacific in April. I don't discount the seeding and the home ice - although, lets be honest, unless it's CGY it DOES NOT have any positive impact on this team - but especially next year with top guys pushing 33, and other top guys being somewhat susceptible to injury, they need more rest during the regular season so they can really push come April-May-and hopefully June.
Gibson plays every single game of the playoffs up until he gets trucked 3-4 times int he previous game. Gets trucked again in game 5 and has to leave. Im not sure I would call that fragile.
Did you forget how many games he missed during the regular season? That's the knock on him, and it's starting to be warranted.
If I were John Gibson, the first guy next season that came near my crease I'm taking the two-minute penalty and knocking him the f*** out. Maybe even worth 5 and a GM, especially if it's some game in October or November. ESPECIALLY if it's a game against NSH. And if it's James Neal I'm good with a suspension.