Goaltender Zach Sikich's NHL career lasted only a few minutes. But he will have great stories to tell his son and newborn daughter about the small role he played Tuesday as the Ducks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Wild at St. Paul, Minn.
It was the Ducks' fourth straight win and eighth straight game with a point (6-0-2).
Scheduled starter Viktor Fasth sustained an upper-body injury during the morning skate, thrusting Jonas Hiller into a starting role and leaving the Ducks scrambling for a backup.
They recalled Jeff Deslauriers from the ECHL but weren't sure Deslauriers would arrive at the Xcel Energy Center on time.
That led David McNab, the club's senior vice president of hockey operations, to call Sikich, who had served as a practice target for the Ducks last season in Minnesota.
Sikich, a 32-year-old native of Eveleth, Minn., is a former Division 3 goalie who last played in the 2007-08 season before retiring to run the Pro Hybrid Training system and instructional camps for goalies. He signed a one-day pro tryout Tuesday for $500 and the right to keep his game jersey.
Sikich participated in the warmups wearing his distinctive, light-blue pads and sat on the bench for the first few minutes of the game, yielding his seat when Deslauriers arrived.
Sikich was back in street clothes by the time Hiller made the last of his 30 saves and Luca Sbisa blasted home the rebound of a shot by Teemu Selanne for the winner with 3:04 left in the third period, but it was a night Sikich won't forget.
"It was great. A lot of the guys remembered me. They said, 'Hey, good to see you again,'" Sikich said by phone. "That was really cool. There's a lot of positive energy in the locker room. The guys were really welcoming."
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