Friday, February 8, 2013
Goalie controversy in Anaheim?
By Doug McIntyre
Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth has been a revelation in goal for the high-flying Anaheim Ducks since making his NHL debut Jan. 26, posting a perfect 4-0 record and an ungodly .962 save percentage as Jonas Hiller's understudy.
The 30-year-old rookie Fasth has been so good, in fact, that people are starting wonder if perhaps Hiller should be backing up Fasth.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he and Hiller, who played in 73 of Anaheim's 82 games last season, "have talked this week, fairly extensively" about the situation, reports Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
"Hiller is no dummy. He knows how good Viktor looks," Boudreau said, adding that while Fasth's play has earned him more playing time than the coach anticipated doling out, he's committed to using both. Boudreau also told the Times that having two top-end backstops is a "blessing," not a controversy. "Jonas wants to get back into the net. He'll be back in there, and it could be this weekend."