The Ducks have seen this Jonas Hiller before, and, ironically, it is when the new calendar year begins.
Like he did last January when he took his game to a level that got him his first All-Star game appearance, Hiller is as hot as it gets after making 43 saves to match his season high in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
Hiller has won five straight starts and is 6-0-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in his last eight appearances. His top-notch goaltending was especially needed on a night when the Ducks didn't have much in the tank after beating Ottawa the day before.
After not recording his 10th victory until Jan. 6 and watching his goals-against soar over 3.00, Hiller is now 15-17-7 with a 2.85 goals-against. Ducks winger Bobby Ryan admitted that "we needed him to answer the bell" after being outshot, 45-18.
"I think he's seeing the puck very well," Ryan said. "He's been a great backstop...