Viktor Fasth Showing He Can Compete With League's Best Goaltenders

By Jonathan Katje
Anaheim Ducks Fasth
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Viktor Fasth is off to an amazing start in net for the Anaheim Ducks, and got perhaps his most impressive win of the season to date Tuesday night when he led the team past the Chicago Blackhawks in a 3-2 shootout win. The Blackhawks remained undefeated in regulation, but Fasth turned aside 28 shots as the Ducks stopped five of six Chicago power play attempts. The win was the sixth of the season for Fasth. He has not lost a game yet and would tie the NHL record for consecutive wins by a rookie to start a career if he wins his next four starts. Despite starting the season as the back-up to Jonas Hiller, Fasth continues to play like a starter and gives the Ducks two great options in net this season.

Fasth now owns a very impressive goals against average of 1.74 and has only allowed more than two goals on one occasion. He is also perfect in the shootout, earning wins in all three of his trips there. A look at the teams Fasth has now defeated includes some of the best teams in the league: he has wins against the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.

The Ducks seem to have made the find of the season with Fasth. No other rookie netminder has seen as much ice time as he has this season and he continues to respond well under pressure. Only Craig Anderson, Roberto Luongo, Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi have better goal against averages this season and only Crawford’s team sits ahead of the Ducks in the Western Conference standings. If Fasth continues to play this well, not only are the Ducks in great shape moving forward but he may be a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as well.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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