Ducks' John Gibson leaves Game 5 with lower-body injury

NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 18: John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks tends net against the Nashville Predators in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 18, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Ducks defeated the Predators 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks returned to the Honda Center ice for the start of the second period of Game 2 with a surprise face in net.

Jonathan Bernier entered the game after a first period that saw the Ducks’ starter, John Gibson, stop all 10 shots he faced.

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The Ducks have announced that it’s a lower-body that ended Gibson’s night. It’s suspected the injury occurred during flurry of Nashville chances that saw him go post-to-post and extend his right leg to make a stop. Toward the end of that sequence you also see him fall back on his right leg.

Bernier last saw game action when he relieved Gibson early in Game 6 during Edmonton’s 7-1 rout last round. He also replaced Gibson in Game 3 of the Ducks’ first-round series against the Calgary Flames.

Anaheim was already without Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell was announced a scratch just before puck drop. The playoffs truly are a war of attrition.

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