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Ducks don’t just lose, they also lose Gibson to injury


The symbolism was, honestly, a little on the nose, and almost literally so.

For much of this season, John Gibson’s Anaheim Ducks teammates have made life more difficult for him. He was able to handle the strain early on (almost heroically) but even Gibson has buckled lately. What better way to tell that story - and the story of the Ducks’ plight - than for Gibson to get injured by his own teammate?

The Ducks seem to continue to find new, agonizing ways to lose, and Thursday brought some new wrinkles.

The Ducks lost to the lowly Ottawa Senators by a score of 4-0 on Thursday, ending a five-game losing streak for the lowest-ranked team in the NHL. Anaheim was outscored 23-5 on a disastrous four-game road trip through Canada, and you can really slice and dice the ineptitude up in a ton of different ways.

The simplest, possibly most damning thing way: the Ducks still have only won two games since Dec. 17. It’s almost as if the players/universe are asking, “What will it take to get someone fired?”

Here’s the next thing to ponder: could they risk not only running Gibson into the ground with a ridiculous workload, but maybe risking re-injury after being hit hard (accidentally) by Jayson Megna?

Yikes. There’s no word yet on Gibson’s condition, aside from the fact that he didn’t return against Ottawa.

Here’s a bit of advice to Ducks fans: maybe don’t ask if things can get any worse.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.