Monday, April 21, 2014
Ducks goalie Andersen getting job done
By Richard Durrett
DALLAS -- Coming into the first round series, the Ducks weren't sure what they were going to do in goal. They had depth at the position, but uncertainty. They made the decision to go with young Frederik Andersen and after struggling a bit in the second and third periods of Game 1, he made the key saves needed in Game 2.
"He has the team’s faith, there’s no doubt about that," said Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau. "He’s pretty calm in all situations. Off the ice, he’s a very quiet man anyway. You don’t see the nervous energy.
"If it was me, I’d be pacing. When I played, I paced. He just sits down there. He’s pretty calm. We have confidence in him. He’s been battled tested on the road in some pretty hostile buildings."
It helps any goaltender to have so many players in front of you blocking shots, too. The Ducks do a good job of blocking pucks so Andersen isn't called upon to make every save, but they are also cognizant of moving out of his vision line so he can make the saves he sees.
Andersen hasn't had to be dominant so far this series. But he did have to protect a lead late in Game 2 as the Stars' swarmed the net with the extra skater. So far, he's done the job.
Stars Lindy Ruff says Andersen has played well, but he wants to see his team force him into some uncomfortable spots.
“I think it’s been good. I don’t think we’ve overly tested him," Ruff said. "I think we’ve had some good opportunities. We hit him in the crest a couple times. We missed the net on too many good opportunities.
"I don’t think that’s a situation where we’ve forced him into a big save or even the first one and a second one. But I don’t think he’s made a lot of mistakes, which puts him in the good category.”