Who would’ve thought the Anaheim Ducks would be 7-1-1 to start this shortened season?
I’m also sure nobody thought a 30-year old goaltender by the name of Viktor Fasth would have notched four of those wins. Fasth went from unknown to unimaginably good in a short span, as he registers his first ever shutout in a 3-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche.
Good use of their stick: This goes to rookie Sami Vatanen. The defenseman looked exceptionally poised at the ripe age of 21. He was always in the right spot at the right time, getting a stick on a golden opportunity for P.A. Parenteau at the top of the crease and another on a 2-on-1 break for Matt Duchene.
Stellar save: As remarkable as Fasth was between the pipes, this goes Semyon Varlamov at the other end. In the 3rd, Teemu Selanne had a partial 2-on-1 break with Kyle Palmieri. Palmieri, with already four goals on the season, gets the pass down low from Selanne and Varlamov’s glove was there to deny him of his fifth. The play went under review as commentator John Ahlers and everyone else watching thought it was a goal. Though I think Varlamov may have caught the puck on the inside of the post — making it a goal — the footage was inconclusive. Hands down, Varlamov robbed Palmieri.
Short end of the stick: All night, Andrew Cogliano was able to get in behind the Colorado defense. He had two breaks that I can jot from memory and both times he couldn’t get the handle and he lost his edge. Cogliano’s speed definitely outwitted the Avs, but he come out point less in the game.
Perfect pass: What’s a recap without the Daniel Winnik‘s name? Tonight, he threaded a pass beautifully into the wheelhouse of Francois Beauchemin for the third and final goal. Any time a Duck can duplicate a pass like that to “Beauch” odds are in their favor as that man can rifle it hard.
Positive point: Besides the fact that Anaheim has a great goaltending duo, their special teams has improved. It’s the second game in a row that the Ducks didn’t give up a power play goal on the Avs’ lone chance.
That about sums up another Ducks’ win highlight in the books!
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