Viktor Fasth has announced his arrival in the NHL and the Ducks might be doing the same in this lockout-affected sprint of a hockey season. Fasth stopped 25 shots in his third consecutive strong effort and Sheldon Souray snapped a third-period tie with 6:39 left in regulation to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. In front of an announced 14,324 at Honda Center, Souray got a pass from Francois Beauchemin at the blue line and teed up a rising shot that flew off Scott Gomez's stick and past the glove of Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss. Fasth took it from there with his best outing so far as he made several key stops in the third period as he continues to push incumbent starter Jonas Hiller for playing time. "He's played unbelievably," Souray said. "He's just shown so much poise and confidence from the first day." Fasth credited the work of his teammates, saying "everybody was playing great in front of me." "You just go in there and try to play," he said. "Try to help the team as best as you can. The team helps me out a lot out there. I'm just trying to do my best every day." The Ducks (6-1-1) have points in seven of their eight games as they set to go on a six-game, 12-day trip. San Jose (7-1-1) suffered its first regulation loss. Playing their third game in four nights, the Ducks were not sharp and had trouble finishing their chances as Greiss made 30 saves. It took a crazy bounce early in the third period for the Ducks to finally break through. Sharks forward Tommy Wingels was trying to swing the puck around the end boards behind his net when it took an unexpected turn toward the front of the net. As Greiss had his turned to his left to anticipate a puck that never got to its intended destination, Saku Koivu jumped on it and put in a backhand for a 1-1 tie at the 3:53 mark.
Fasth gives Ducks happy sendoff
Orange County Register | Feb 5