Raise your hand if you knew who goaltender Viktor Fasth was before the 2013 season.
The majority of you are liars. Admit it. I mean, the dude was an offseason signing from Sweden.
Whether or not you have just gotten familiar with him or have known him already, Fasth has become a household name in the NHL, which is probably the biggest reason that the Anaheim Ducks hold a record of 9-2-1 and are first in the Pacific Division.
While some goaltenders are having enough trouble winning games, Fasth can’t seem to lose one. He sports a 6-0 record to match a GAA of 1.74 and save percentage of .933. Fasth has had some pretty impressive games under his belt this season, but there may not be one greater than his performance on Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In a winning effort that ended in a shootout (yawn), Fasth stopped 28 of 30 shots against the high-powered Chicago offense, including stopping two of three attempts during the shootout. It was a huge win for Fasth and the Ducks, proving to the rest of the league that they are very much legitimate.
“I think we showed ourselves that we are a really good team and we can beat every team in the league,” Fasth said. “It was pretty much a test for us to see where we stand.”
Clearly, the Ducks can beat any team in hockey, and so can Fasth. He is the first goalie age 30 or higher to kick off his career by winning his first six starts. Of course, Fasth has drawn the attention of a plethora of players around the league, but has received special words from his veteran teammate Teemu Selanne.
“I have not seen a goalie so calm all of the time,” Selanne said. That’s quite the compliment from the ageless wonder, who has played in the league for almost two decades and has seen his fair share of goaltenders.
He’s no Greg Goldberg, but Fasth has these Ducks soaring right now, making them a force to be reckoned with in the hockey world.