Each time he flashed his glove or kicked out his legs Sunday night, Frederik Andersen showed the Ducks that he belonged in the NHL. Every time he turned away the Carolina Hurricanes, he furthered his case for sticking with the Ducks instead of returning to the minor leagues.
Andersen made a career-high 49 saves in the NHL-leading Ducks’ 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes at the Honda Center. He improved to 15-3-0, tops among rookie goaltenders in the league, in what might very well have been his final appearance with the Ducks this season.
Viktor Fasth completed his conditioning assignment with the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to join the team for Tuesday’s practice at the Honda Center. Andersen might very well be headed in the other direction.
“I haven’t thought about it and I’m not going to think about it until something happens,” Andersen said. “That’s not my (call). It’s upstairs (in general manager Bob Murray’s office). The...