NHL goaltending suddenly isn’t so easy for Viktor Fasth. The Anaheim Ducks import has hit first turbulence in North America after his highly successful European career.
He lost back-to-back home games, allowing seven goals on 49 shots. He lost to the San Jose Sharks 5-3 Monday night, allowing his team to fall into a 3-0 deficit.
“We have to bounce back,” he told the Orange County Register. “We have a game against these guys in two days again. We've got to play a better game then.”
During his last three games overall Fasth allowed 10 goals in 142 minutes. And he has allowed four goals in three of his last seven starts.
You may recall that Fasth started brilliantly this season, allowing more than two goals just once in his first nine NHL starts. To a large degree, he has been victimized by some slippage in Anaheim’s overall game.
“We should have a little swagger for sure,” defenseman Sheldon Souray told the Register. “We've earned that. We've played well. But we've gotta understand that we have to start better. We've been down in every game. We have to realize that other teams aren't saying, just go ahead and take the two points. We're not going to panic, but we have to have some urgency, if that makes any sense.”
Veteran goaltender Jonas Hiller, meanwhile, has regained his old lock-down form. He is 6-1-2 this month with great ratios (1.82 goals-against average, .932 save percentage). The Ducks figure to rely heavily on him as they head back onto the road.