Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 2/7/13
Even though the Ducks did not play their best game against the Colorado Avalanche, Viktor Fasth did, and earned the team a 3-0 shutout win.   It was their fourth win a row and gives Anaheim a 7-1-1 record, which puts them at the top of the Pacific Division (for now). Fasth, who now has four wins in his first four starts in the NHL, continues to credit the guys in front of him.   "They make it much easier for me to play back there," said Fasth. "I'm really enjoying playing for these guys. They're incredible in front of me." Ducks fans certainly are enjoying it. The Ducks were outshot by Colorado, 31-20.  There were outnumbered attacks and great chances by the Avs,  but Fasth came up big every single time. Sheldon Souray got his second game winning goal in a row by putting the Ducks on the board at 6:20 of the first period.  Souray's shot came from the blue line and did not seem to have any problems getting past Semyon Varlamov.  He now has scored in three consecutive games for the Ducks. "We are finding good chemistry and settling into our roles," observed Souray. Saku Koivu got his second goal in as many games, tapping in the puck on a 5 on 3 power play late in the first period.  Despite Colorado being bereft of key players out with injuries, they poured everything on in the second period.   Fasth was consistent and steady in his end and continued to hold on for the Ducks.  Francois Beauchemin was able to extend the lead to 3-0 at 10:45 of the middle frame.  They were unable to get any more goals, but the more important thing was not to let the Avs get on the board.  Fasth now has a .98 goals against average and a mind-boggling .962 save percentage.  He is the first goaltender over 30 years old to win his first four games. "The most important thing is a win and a good start to the trip," Fasth humbly said.  "It's special to get a shutout, a nice little bonus.  I'm just trying to do my best." Controversy?  What goalie controversy?  With the shortened season and all the back-to-back games, the Ducks will need two capable goaltenders in net.  "(Jonas) Hiller will be playing soon and doing the same thing, I hope," said coach Bruce Boudreau, who will have to use both netminders this weekend and next with back-to-back games on the road. So who will play in the first one against Dallas on Friday night? "He's not making it easier," Boudreau said about Fasth. "He's giving me confidence that I never knew I would have in him." That confidence is already overflowing to the Ducks in front of him as well.  Who knew this shortened season would look like this? In other notes:  Cam Fowler did not come with the Ducks on their road trip and was placed on IR.  Toni Lydman came down with the flu, so Jordan Hendry was called up from Norfolk.  Hendry arrived at the Pepsi Center in the middle of warm ups and played 16:45.  Devante Smith-Pelly was sent to Norfolk so he could get more playing time. The Ducks also acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Penguins in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in 2014.
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