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February 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks locked up unbeaten goaltender Viktor Fasth for two years Wednesday, signing him to a $5.8-million extension through the 2014-15 season. Fasth, 30, is 8-0 in starts with a 1.78 goals-against average in nine games, helping the Ducks (12-2-1) to lead the Pacific Division and rank behind only Chicago in the Western Conference. "Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement.
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April 14, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Among the three goalies the Western Conference top-seeded Ducks can choose to start Wednesday in their Stanley Cup playoff opener against the Dallas Stars, the one with the most wins doesn't expect to be in net. Jonas Hiller, who went 29-13-7 for the Ducks (54-20-8) but lost his final three games, was last off the ice at Monday's practice and was passed over in favor of 20-year-old rookie John Gibson on Sunday in what was a meaningless game in the standings. “I've had some sleepless nights … I've not been the happiest guy in the world to be around lately.
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November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks will be without goalie Viktor Fasth for two to three weeks because of lower body muscle inflammation, and defenseman Luca Sbisa will miss six to eight weeks because of a tendon tear in his right hand, the team announced Saturday. The Ducks promoted goalie Frederik Andersen and defenseman Nolan Yonkman from their minor league affiliate in Norfolk, Va., before Saturday's game at the Phoenix Coyotes. Sbisa played 16 minutes 40 seconds in Friday's 1-0 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, fighting with Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas in the first period.
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April 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
With an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive Pacific Division championship by beating the San Jose Sharks tonight, Ducks' 20-year-old rookie John Gibson was first off the ice at today's morning skate. Throughout the season, with the exception of a last-minute injury to former Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, the goalie off the ice first has started that night's game. Gibson made his NHL debut Monday night in Vancouver, Canada, making 18 saves in a 3-0 shutout that was one of the Ducks' most complete efforts of the season.
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February 6, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks' winning streak climbed to four games Wednesday as rookie goaltender Viktor Fasth continued his unexpected dominance in a 3-0 victory at Colorado. Fasth, who began the abbreviated season as a likely seldom-used backup to Jonas Hiller, is 4-0 as a starter after keeping the Avalanche scoreless on 31 shots. "The most important thing is a win and a good start to the trip," Fasth said. "It's special to get a shutout, a nice little bonus. I'm just trying to do my best. " Opening a six-game trip that will feature stops at St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit over 11 days, the Ducks charged to a 2-0 first-period lead en route to becoming 3-0-1 on the road.
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January 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
The nameplate above Viktor Fasth's locker is misspelled, but the Ducks' new backup goaltender established his identity to everyone else Saturday. Fasth stopped all three shootout attempts by the Nashville Predators in his NHL debut, definitively stopping and gloving with his right hand a final effort by David Legwand to clinch the triumph. "I feel great," Fasth said on the ice afterward. "That's why you want to be a goalie. " Corey Perry rifled the game-winner in the shootout, wristing a shot to the left of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
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October 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
As much as Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth keep things friendly sitting next to each other in the Ducks' dressing room, each goaltender works fervently on the ice to take away the other's playing time. Last season, Fasth, in his rookie campaign, matched Hiller's regular-season victory total (15) and was given the nod to start the season opener. If Hiller felt his job security threatened after playing in 73 of 82 games in 2011-12, he was right. But after the announcement Friday that Fasth had suffered a lower-body injury, Hiller stiffened to stop Phoenix's Shane Doan on a final shootout try to secure the Ducks' sixth consecutive victory, 3-2. Fasth's injury will keep him out of Sunday's game at Honda Center against the Dallas Stars.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Before he became an overnight sensation, Viktor Fasth wasn't certain he would get anything more than workload scraps when the Ducks were playing back-to-back games. Coach Bruce Boudreau made that clear during the abbreviated training camp, given the urgency of a 48-game season and the familiarity he had with iron-man goaltender Jonas Hiller. Hiller made 73 starts in 2011-12, including 32 in a row in one stretch. But after Fasth, 30, defeated Ducks' nemesis Nashville in his league debut in a stirring shootout performance, Boudreau backed off his preseason plan and let Fasth make starts against Minnesota (victory, one goal allowed)
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February 17, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Tired legs, exhausting travel and swarming pressure against the goaltender didn't get the best of the Ducks, who completed a 5-1 trip with their third shootout victory, 3-2 at Nashville on Saturday. Corey Perry slid a backhanded goal past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to give the Ducks (11-2-1) a 2-1 shootout edge that goaltender Viktor Fasth preserved when Gabriel Bourque's final chance flew wide of the net to Fasth's right. Fasth, a rookie, is now 8-0 as a starter. "We didn't have much in the tank, but when teams are used to winning, they will it — and we got great goaltending.
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October 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Old is all in the mind. For the Calgary Flames, their 17th consecutive loss in Anaheim to the Ducks on Wednesday night was ancient. For 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, that game-deciding goal he shot under the legs of Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald - the first of Selanne's final season and No. 676 of his career - made him feel like a kid again. BOX SCORE: Ducks 3, Calgary 2 "I broke my stick," right before the shot, "got it back and made the play," Selanne said after raising his arms in a trademark celebration to mark the occasion.
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April 6, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
EDMONTON, Canada -- Jonas Hiller will return as the Ducks' goalie here Sunday night after allowing four first-period goals on nine shots in the team's previous game. “It's nice when you don't have too much time to think about things that didn't go too well. You want to get back as soon as possible,” Hiller said following the team's morning skate at Rexall Place. “You overthink things [and] think about things you shouldn't think about. [It's] nice to go back out and focus on hockey.” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau expressed confidence in Hiller (29-12-7)
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April 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Their coach might be sounding alarms, but the Ducks continued to thrill Wednesday. A game after they rallied from a team-record four-goal deficit, Anaheim wiped away the Edmonton Oilers' two-goal, third-period lead and won their 50th game, 3-2, at Honda Center. “Not the best way, but if we play the way we've been playing in the third period … we have that attitude of never say die,” Ducks forward Corey Perry said after scoring twice in the third against Oilers goalie and ex-Duck Viktor Fasth.
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April 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Frederik Andersen will make a third consecutive start as Ducks' goalie Wednesday night, with Coach Bruce Boudreau saying he wants typical starter Jonas Hiller to get more rest as the Stanley Cup playoffs loom. “I was thinking [Hiller] was a little mentally tired coming back from the Olympics,” Boudreau said. “A good little rest of two or three games -- or even four -- might be apropos for him to get him back where he should be.” Hiller (29-11-7) won 14 consecutive games from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12, but is 6-6-3 since and gave up four goals on 23 shots Friday night in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, when the Ducks had 48 of 51 shots stopped by Ben Scrivens.
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March 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
EDMONTON, Canada - Traded Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth left Anaheim on March 4 in 82-degree weather, arriving at his new team's home with the thermometer at minus-13. That's minus-25 Celsius up here. "Here we go … ," Fasth said to himself, capping events that reveal how fast yesterday's rising star can transform into an expendable commodity. Fasth, 31, went from being goalie 1-A for the playoff-thinking Ducks (47-18-7) to sharing time in net with ex-King Ben Scrivens for the last-place Edmonton Oilers (25-39-9)
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March 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
The thrill of winning a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has yet to wear off for Shannon Szabados. Not even close. Earlier this week, the Canadian women's goalie was called to help out at practice with the Edmonton Oilers, who had traded their backup goalie and were waiting for Viktor Fasth to arrive from the Ducks. Now, Szabados says she has an offer to finish the season with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. "I had been talking to this team last year," she told Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio in Canada, addiing: "This isn't confirmed yet ... but it's well on its way. " Szabados has trained with NHL veterans in the summer and said that she played university hockey with several Columbus players.
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March 4, 2014 | Wire reports
NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo , who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing. The Panthers, on their way to missing the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons, dealt goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony . "We're getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said.
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April 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks on Wednesday added a player who could be the final piece in their bid to win the Stanley Cup this season. They then moved within two points of catching Western Conference leader Chicago. "We're plugging along," Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray said after the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars for the second time in three days, 5-2, at Honda Center. "We'd like to be the best. We'll keep working until we get there. " BOX SCORE: Ducks 5, Stars 2 The Ducks acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan, a move intended to boost depth at a position of need.
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April 5, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Goalie emergencies struck the Ducks on Friday. The Dallas Stars scored three goals against Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth in a first-period span of just more than 10 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory at Honda Center. Hours earlier, when it appeared no one in the organization was capable of taking the bench as Fasth's backup, the Ducks for the second time this season summoned an emergency substitute after Jonas Hiller was ill and ruled out. BOX SCORE: Stars 3, Ducks 1 The Ducks' evening was also tainted by the absence of captain Ryan Getzlaf (13 goals, 30 assists)
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March 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Depth has been a major reason the Ducks have the most points in the NHL, but as the playoffs near the emphasis has shifted to a tighter, tougher, more talented roster. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray thinned the forward ranks Tuesday by trading Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round pick, and sent that pick to Dallas for defenseman Stephane Robidas. Murray also resolved the goalie backlog by dealing Viktor Fasth to the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round draft pick this year and a third-round pick in 2015.
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