Thursday, May 22, 2014

Brian Gibbons' Game 7 Dirty Dangle

After making it into 8 playoff games with the Pittsburgh Penguins these Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brian Gibbons was sent down to help out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their Calder Cup run. Despite ample playing time on Sidney Crosby's wing, Gibbons mustered 2 goals in the 8 games he cracked the roster and must have been saving all his skill for this goal in Game 7 of the AHL's Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Providence Bruins. 

Already up 3-0 in the 2nd period, Gibbons has himself a fun game of keepaway as he wins the faceoff forward and gains control of the puck as he enters the Bruins zone before running out of room. Rather than send the puck into the corner for winger, Conor Sheary, or just dump it in and pressure the defence, Gibbons retreats out of the zone with Seth Griffith on his tail and Alexander Khokhlachev providing support. He makes a quick cut between the two Bruins forwards avoiding their stickchecks and has the awareness to stop up at the blueline to stay onside as Sheary clears the zone. As soon as that happens the shift takes on a whole new life as Gibbons puts it clear through poor Blake Parlett's legs for a semi-clear path to the net with David Warsofsky the last man who can catch him. Gibbons loses the puck and it actually works out for him as Warsofsky's pokecheck misses and Niklas Svedberg is left hung out to dry for Gibbons' Goal of the Year candidate as he tucks it five hole. 
In summary we have 12 seconds of puck hoggin', 4 skaters beat, and 1 goalie dangled. Some players don't even get to hang onto the puck that long in an entire game and Gibbons made his count with this special goal. 

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