To put things lightly, things aren’t going Anaheim’s way this season. Saturday night, the Ducks were shutout for the fourth time in 2015-16, this time 4-0 by the Minnesota Wild.
But if the Ducks are looking for something, anything, to latch onto as a highlight so far look no further than this absolutely beautiful stick save by netminder Frederik Andersen.
With Anaheim already trailing 1-0 thanks to a beautiful backhander by Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba, the Wild blueliner got a chance to extend the lead with a wide open net. Dumba had Andersen down and out and had enough patience to wait before levelling a shot on goal. Unfortunately for Dumba, his delay between getting the puck on his stick and firing the shot gave Andersen enough time to reach back with his stick and deflect the puck out of harm’s way:
Andersen’s stop, while magnificent, wasn’t enough to come even close to keeping the Ducks in the game. By the time the contest ended, Andersen had stopped 27 of 30 shots but the Ducks dropped the game 3-0 while only mustering 15 shots on goal. The loss was Anaheim’s sixth of the season and coach Bruce Boudreau, who was already on the hot seat, could be even closer to finding himself out of a job.
The Ducks goaltender has been one of the lone bright spots on a team that has been largely disappointing. This season, he has a 1.86 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. Yet, for his efforts, Andersen has been rewarded with an 0-3-1 record in four starts. It’s not hard to understand why, either. For the season, the Ducks have only six goals in seven games this season.
Anaheim will get another chance to shake their slump Monday when they head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks.