ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The playoff series between the Ducks and Kings started in storybook fashion for John Gibson and ended with a chapter he'll want to rewrite.
Gibson, the Ducks' 20-year-old goalie prodigy, announced himself to the NHL with a sterling Game 4 shutout that got his team even in the best-of-7 tussle. It ended Friday night with him watching from the bench in the second period.
The Kings blitzed Gibson for four goals on 18 shots and chased him from the game two minutes into the second period, dealing the seemingly unfazed rookie the lowest of moments in a 6-2 Game 7 rout.
In his matter-of-fact fashion, Gibson neatly summed up a horrific night.
"We lost the game," Gibson said. "We weren't ready from the start. I didn't make the saves I had to make and we lost the game."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau gambled on using Gibson over veteran Jonas Hiller in Game 4 after playoff starter Frederik Andersen suffered a leg injury in Game 3. The gamble paid off initially as Gibson won twice to help them to a 3-2 series lead.
His Game 6 was solid except for a bad goal allowed to the Kings' Trevor Lewis that would make the difference in a 2-1 loss. Everything went wrong for Gibson in Game 7 from the moment Justin Williams put in a rebound that he left on his doorstep.
Jeff Carter would beat him with a forehand-to-backhand move midway through the second and Mike Richards jumped on another rebound left in front. Anze Kopitar finished his night with a score off a two-on-one rush.
"They were ready to play," Gibson said. "We were a little tentative. Kind of sat back and they took it to us. At the end of the day, it was too late to come back from."
Hiller replaced him in what figures to be his final game in a Ducks uniform as he'll be an unrestricted free agent whom the club is certain not to re-sign. The net figures to be turned over to Gibson and Andersen for the 2014-15 season.
Gibson said he isn't sure if he'll want to quickly forget about his disastrous game or think about it for a while and use this game � and his first NHL playoff series � as a learning tool.
"I really don't think you want to look back on a series that you lose on," he said.
Boudreau said he didn't want to pull Gibson after Richards' goal but that the Kopitar score made it necessary. Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano took up for the young goalie, who was playing in the American Hockey League playoffs last week.
"I think a lot of the buzz is going to be about him and I think that's unfortunate because he was in a pretty tough spot and he's a young guy," Cogliano said. "Obviously he didn't have the game he wanted to.
"I'm sure he can say that for himself. I don't think he deserves any of the blame for this loss."
KOIVU MULLS RETIREMENT
Much of the pregame conversation was about this possibly being Teemu Selanne's last game, but Ducks center Saku Koivu might be taking a stronger look at retirement after an inglorious end to his season.
Koivu skipped the Olympics to stay home and prepare his body for a Stanley Cup run with the Ducks. The 18-year veteran is now at a crossroads after a second-round exit, a round that the 39-year-old has never been beyond.
"I'm going to get away from the game for a couple of weeks and really take a good, careful look and what happened," Koivu said. "How the season went and if there is enough left to come back and push for another year."
The Ducks have made Koivu an assistant captain throughout his five-year run with them and consider him one of their most respected leaders. But they could also decide to go younger and give Rickard Rakell a full-time role.
Koivu is working on one-year deals at this point and had a $2.5 million base salary this season.
"You're going to feel sorry for yourself for a while, but then you get back to normal life," he said. "I'm probably going to watch some hockey, but it's going to take a few days first."
Left wing Matt Beleskey (lower body) and goalie Frederik Andersen (leg) never made another appearance in the series after being injured in Game 3. ... Devante Smith-Pelly finished with five goals to lead the Ducks in the postseason.
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