As it turns out, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth is human after all.
He took an 8-0-0 NHL record into Monday night’s showdown across town against the Los Angeles Kings. He held a 2-1 lead deep into that game. He had an opportunity to extend his unlikely run.
But the Kings stormed back for a 5-2 victory, tacking on an empty net goal at the end.
“It has to come at some point,” Fasth told the Orange County Register after the game. “For every win you have, you get closer to a loss. Just start over. Work hard tomorrow in practice. We've got another game in two days. Have to forget this and move on.”
Fasth stopped 20 shots, but allowed more than two goals in a game for just the second time in 10 appearances.
“They're a good team but so are we,” Fasth said. “We really wanted to win this game. It didn't end up like that. We have to get back and work harder even next game.”
Veteran Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller earned the victory the night before as Anaheim edged visiting Colorado 4-3 in overtime. Hiller also won his previous start, beating Columbus 3-2.
With the Ducks playing five times in a seven-game span, coach Bruce Boudreau will use both netminders. Just because Fasth recently signed a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension doesn’t mean he is guaranteed the lead role.