The number 13 is normally associated with bad luck, but Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller is proving that 13 can be a lucky number. It has definitely meant a good thing for the Swiss goaltender.
Hiller recorded his 13th consecutive win in the Ducks’ victory against the Phoenix Coyotes, something that has not been done since Chris Osgood did it back in 1997. Hiller is having the best season of his career and it surely showed in the game. Now sitting at 22-4-4, Hiller is proving he is in the running for the best goaltender in the league. His play in the net has earned him not only more playing time, but a spot in the Sochi Olympics as Switzerland’s starting goaltender and he has deserved both in every way possible. Not a bad season so far for the 31-year-old goaltender.
It is hard to imagine a goaltender, who just three years ago, had vertigo like symptoms that placed him in spot starts and then ultimately ended his season. It has taken him a while to get back to form, but he could not have had a better season. Ever since he took over the starting job from Jean-Sebastien Giguere before the 2010 season, he has proven time and time again why he was a good fit as the Ducks’ goaltender, especially for his play in the 2009 Playoffs.
Perhaps fans are witnessing the greatness that Hiller is capable of from those playoffs. He looks to be in his prime and playing his best season and it will be quite a ride to see how the Swiss goaltender will perform during the second half of the year. But it is for certain that he is a prime example of why the NHL-leading Ducks are where they are now.