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Ducks Ride Fast Track to the Top

February 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth (30) makes a save in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Anaheim won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

He’s never played an NHL game before this year. He exemplifies the adage of all you need is a hot goaltender in hockey. You don’t need to lock up Roberto Luongo for over 10 years, you just need to find the right guy at the right time. Viktor Fasth is the right guy.

Fasth has now won his first 7 games of his NHL career, the last two of which were impressive road victories against 2 of the original 6 teams, 2 of the best teams in the Western Conference, and 2 of the most feared franchises—the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

Obviously the rest of the team responds to him when he is the netminder, and feels confident. Even though Fasth allowed 2 early goals on Friday against the Red Wings, the team stormed back in hockeytown to take a 5-2 win. Corey Perry converted a turnover right in front of Jimmy Howard off a broken stick into the tying goal at 2 a piece. Then Fasth carried them the rest of the way to their dominant 5-2 victory.

The Ducks were down by a goal late in the 3rd against Chicago before Andrew Cogliani scored with less than 3 minutes remaining. But getting through the end of regulation and overtime before the eventual shootout was made an impossibly difficult task down the stretch, due two week penalties on Toni Lydman. With Fasth gobbling up all rebounds, the Ducks got through 4 minutes of 4 on 3 hockey to go to the shootout. Nick Bonino and Corey Perry scored in the shootout, but it was the decisive save by Viktor Fasth that sealed the game. The Young talent has really been stepping up for the Ducks.

The Ducks were not slated to be atop the division let alone the conference. One big piece of that unfinished puzzle was the injury to Jonas Hiller. But the 30 year old fro Sweden is on fire, and is now 7-0-0 in his NHL career. With Hiller on his way back, even as the number 1 goalie, you never mess with the hot hand, especially in this shortened NHL season.

Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Viktor Fasth

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