In four games Viktor Fasth is 4-0, .962 SP and 0.98 GAA and oh yeah 1 SO. Tonight was about him. The fast Avs weren’t Fasth enough. yeah, bad, eh. OC Register columnist Mark Whicker called our Ducks the Fasth and Furious. Get used to it. We’ll have Fasth puns all season.
The upshot is this could have been a something to 3 loss if not for Fasth. The Ducks did not play their best game but skated off the ice with two points. After 4 games there is now a book on Fasth. Look for him to be genuinely challenged going forward.
Coach Boudreau flat-out said, “It’s good to win the first game of a road trip. but we’re going to have to play better to win anymore.”
Kyle Palmieri had a goal taken away by the review committee. He and T raced to the net. As Selanne drew the Avs D in his direction and backhanded a dish across the flow that Palmieri snapped toward the net. The replay clearly shows Varlamov caught the puck over the goal line. Still the review committee called it inclusive.
As the Ducks continue to show more discipline our guys will earn more favorable calls. Tonight we got a 5 0n 3. In the third Chuck Kobesaw speared Sheldon Souray in the thigh. Souray retaliated and surprisingly both went off. Usually Refs miss the initial infraction and call the retaliation.
The Ducks got on the board first 6:20 into the game when Sheldon Souray blasted a Ryan Getzlaf feed for his third of the season.
Saku Koivu buried another lucky bounce coming off the stick Avs defender Greg Zanon. Selanne and Souray were awarded assists on the play. For T it is #750 tying Larry Robinson at 41st All Time.
Midway through the second Francois Beauchemin completed a tic tac toe passing play with Koivu and Winnick.
From there the Ducks played eat the clock. Avs pressed and Ducks did get more chances but Varlamov was sharp which kept the game interesting.
Notes: Ducks head to Dallas for a tilt Friday with the Stars. Coach has a few decisions to make, not the least of which is which goalie starts. Does he go with the hot hand or get some Hiller some work?
Sami Vatanen is going to be a fine NHL hockey player but he is also going to get burned a few times before he learns when to pick his spots. Luckily, Colorado didn’t make him pay tonight. And yeah, it was good Bryan Allen played a steady game alongside the gifted rookie.
In a pregame interview with Dan Woods, Corey Perry admitted that his timing isn’t quite right yet. Corey said he feels like would coming out of camp. Right now he’s going against a lot of guys who played in Europe. Look for Pears to start light it up within 5 games.
Ducks are beginning to get national hockey media attention. Pierre Lebrun watched the game and tweeted numerously about Fasth. Kevin Weekes says our Ducks are for real.