Brian Gibbons took a couple of strides and greeted some teammates. He checked his stick to see if it had been broken. Barely a smile was cracked or an arm raised. Not quite the reaction you'd expect immediately after a young undrafted player, during his 17th NHL game, scored his third NHL goal — a deft one, at that. Then again, Gibbons isn't your typical American Hockey League call-up. He certainly is not filling a role asked of typical call-ups. Gibbons, when healthy, has been the primary winger used on the right side of Canadian Olympians Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on the Penguins' top line since Pascal Dupuis was lost for the season because of a knee injury Dec. 23. Three weeks shy of his 26th birthday and three seasons removed from playing at Boston College, the 5-foot-8 Gibbons is bigger on speedy skating than he is on demonstrative personality. “I actually think his most colorful and energetic times,” coach Dan Bylsma said, “are when he answers a question for the media.” Considering the polite but monotonic manner in which Gibbons speaks during an interview, that says something. Gibbons showed his businesslike demeanor after scoring a power-play goal late in the first period of what ended up a 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. “Guys were giving him grief about it,” Bylsma said. “‘You know, you just scored a power-play goal,' and he's there just testing the stick on the ice and nonchalant back to the bench.” “That's him,” Crosby said. “Everybody's different, and that's Gibby. He's just one of those guys who quietly goes about his business. ... A nice guy, and I think he has a lot of fun but probably doesn't show it as much as maybe other guys. But I don't think that doesn't mean he's not excited about playing in the NHL.” Especially playing in the NHL on arguably the league's top line. Crosby and Kunitz entered Tuesday's games as two of the top 11 scorers this season.
Penguins undrafted winger Gibbons uses his speed to create chances
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Feb 5