In Viktor Fasth, the Ducks have a goalie who is one of just three in the history of the NHL to win his first eight starts. But with Jonas Hiller ready to go after recovering from a lower-body injury suffered on Feb. 8, Bruce Boudreau turned to his workhorse from last season.
Hiller responded by stopping 25 of 27 shots in leading the Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday night. It was the dreaded first game back home following a long road trip, and the team played like it for the first period, but Hiller kept Anaheim in the game to give the streaking Ducks their fifth consecutive win.
How good have the Ducks been this season?
The Blackhawks still haven't lost a game in regulation, and they're only two points up on Anaheim in the Western Conference.
It's a testament to just how crucial an addition Fasth has been for GM Bob Murray and the Ducks. Last season, when Hiller was working into form, Anaheim struggled. They rode him hard, starting him 73 times with a trio of backups -- Jeff Deslauriers, Dan Ellis and Iiro Tarkki -- getting playing time in between.
Boudreau sounded like he was going to give Hiller every chance to regain that form he had down the stretch last season once he was healthy. If the Columbus game was any indication, it won't take long.
But then what?
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