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John Gibson Almost Takes a Slapshot to the Face

John Gibson Almost Takes a Slapshot to the Face

A scary moment occurred about seven minutes into the first period of Wednesday night’s Lightning/Ducks game.

John Gibson was in desperation mode, attempting to stop a Steven Stamkos shot from the high slot when his defenceman Ben Lovejoy accidentally bumped his mask off. The result was pretty terrifying:


That’s not exactly the ideal way to stop a Stamkos slapshot, but it stayed out!

Yikes! The whistle immediately blew, and luckily Gibson was not injured on the play. The puck never made contact with his face.

The incident didn’t seem to phase Gibson. He was laughing and smiling as he got up after the play.


Ducks fans must be happy that he was okay, with Frederik Andersen already missing significant time with an upper-body injury.

It was certainly a scary moment for those that were watching, especially any goalie that knows how much damage a puck can do. It also brings back memories from only a few weeks ago when Henrik Lundqvist took a shot off the throat, and suffered a vascular injury. Lundqvist’s own teammate lifted his mask up on that play as well.

It’s important to make sure that masks fit properly, and a suitable amount of neck/throat protection is being used at all times. Nobody likes seeing a goalie take one off the head!

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.


  1. Joe Feeney

    Accidentally as It may have been, it was again another player getting in his own goalie’s crease and this time being extremely fortunate to not have caused massive injury to his goalie! It is time for players to look at the way defense was played in the old times(Pre 2000). Go to the player taking th shot and block it off the stick, not on the way to the net. YOUR NOT THE GOALIE! If you want to be the goalie put not he pads, otherwise stay out of the way, so the goalie can make the save.

  2. xCey10

    Also I don’t understand why players have to put their sticks in the way of the shot. Most of the time a Nhl Goaltender can stop shots which are not screened or near the net without any problem. And about the masks: These masks has to be much thighter. There are goalies whose masks are falling off when they are falling down. I know goalies who are doing this on purpose and it’s stupid as hell!

    • Dhomski

      Tightness of the mask has nothing to do with this. My CCM is as tight as it goes and i can still take it off and put it back on with ease. It’s the lack of a chin strap that caused this one.

  3. Sacha

    Haven’t understood why nhl goaltenders and most goaltenders do not adjust their helmets to fit snug?! Technically if a helmet is on right you wily need to undo the stra