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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”
from Ken Baker of NHL.com,
KEN BAKER: You aren't a big goalie, but you look big in the net. What's your secret?
VIKTOR FASTH: I try to cut off the angle a little different than the taller goalies (Fasth is 6-foot, 186 pounds). And I try to play with big patience. If I go down on my knees too early, I will be opening up some holes top-shelf. So I have to play more patient than a taller goalie. I mean, I have to always be staying square to the puck and maybe get out toward the shooter a little more. The main thing is just patience. I stay on my feet as long as I can.
KB: And having big shoulder padding helps, right?
VF: I wear my shoulder and chest pads inside my pants. I have always done that. It works. I don't know if it's a big difference inside or out, but I like to have them tucked in my pants.
KB: Who were your goalie role models as a kid?
VF: Patrick Roy when I was growing up, and a Finnish goalie, Jarmo Myllys, who played for the [San Jose] Sharks in the '90s. And Swedish goalie Tommy Salo was a goalie I really looked up to. When you get older you try to watch as many goalies as possible to catch some things they are doing right.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Viktor Fasth has proven to be a quick study and a welcome presence in the Ducks’ dressing room. The 30-year-old goaltender has only been with his new team for a few weeks but is talking like a confident, 10-year veteran.
Fasth starred on Monday night, making 25 saves and standing tall in the end to preserve the Ducks’ 2-1 victory over San Jose to deal the Sharks their first regulation loss. Asked about beating an elite team in the early going, the two-time goaltender of the year in the Swedish Elite League didn’t blink.
“We’re an elite team too,” Fasth said with stone-faced look. “We want to win every game. That’s why we play. It doesn’t matter which team we beat.”
Fasth is presenting Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau with an interesting dilemma as they begin a six-game road trip. Both he and Jonas Hiller figure to play with two sets of games on back-to-back nights but what assignments will Fasth get with Hiller off to a shaky start?
Confidence certainly isn’t a question. In the third period, Patrick Marleau took the puck from Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray and steamed in for a shorthanded chance to snap a 1-1 tie.
Fasth stared down the NHL’s leading goal scorer and then charged at him with a pokecheck that knocked Marleau off stride.
Watch Fasth stop Marleau below...