The Anaheim Ducks have recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, the team announced Sunday. The recall comes in the wake of John Gibson suffering an injury in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Gibson took a knee to the mask from Chicago’s Richard Panik — who was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in early January — as Panik rushed the net and was held up Anaheim’s Nate Thompson.
Gibson has not been placed on injured reserve. After Chris Stewart hit IR with a broken jaw, there was one available roster spot for a recall.
Khudobin has played eight NHL games this season, posting a .908 save percentage. Through 14 games with the Gulls he has the same save percentage with a 7-6-1 record.
If Gibson is out for any extended period of time, the team also has Dustin Tokarski waiting in the wings, after they acquired him in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. He struggled at the NHL level this year with a 1-3-0 record and a .878 save percentage. He’s been better in the AHL, where he had a .909 save percentage with the St. Johns IceCaps through 10 games and a .920 save percentage in two games with the Gulls so far.
Watch the play that injured Gibson below.
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