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Ducks feel ‘very comfortable’ with rookie Andersen in net, says Boudreau

Apr 16, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

Anze Kopitar, Frederik Andersen AP

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed the speculation today — rookie Frederik Andersen will start in goal for the Ducks tonight when they kick off their first-round series with Dallas.

Andersen gets the nod over struggling veteran Jonas Hiller and fellow rookie John Gibson.

“I just think, right now, Andersen’s played the best,” Boudreau said, per NHL.com. “He gives us the best chance to win, so he’ll be the one starting. It doesn’t mean he’ll be starting Game 2, but he’s starting Game 1.”

Andersen went 20-5-0 with a .923 save percentage during the regular season. After earning the top seed in the West, the Ducks will be hoping the 24-year-old Dane can join the relatively short list of inexperienced netminders who’ve enjoyed playoff success. (Names like Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy, Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, and Ron Hextall come to mind.)

“We’ve played him in an awful lot of tough towns,” Boudreau said. “We played him twice in St. Louis, twice in San Jose. He’s played twice in L.A. The teams in the Western Conference that have been tough places to play … we feel very comfortable with him in net.”

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  1. ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I said several times on here:

    Fredrick Andersen > John Gibson

    C’mon Fred, don’t prove me wrong, please.

  2. gbatap - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    As a Dallas Stars fan I feel ‘very comfortable’ with Anderson in net too. In the last three months he’s 6-4 with a 2.60 GAA and a .906 save percentage. Of the games Boudreau singled out he lost two of them and the two against the Kings happened when they had already mailed it in. Hiller has been struggling but I think you have to go with the vet in game one, especially against a high scoring team, and give him a short leash.

    • areaman714 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      I do agree. You go with experience. The playoffs are a completely different breed of game . . . I also agree, Anderson has been marginal his last few games. He was bailed out by two miraculous comebacks to avoid two losses.

    • chauncey18 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      I was waiting for someone to make this comment. Hey sport, ever check your “playoff ready” goalie’s stats?

      Kari Lehtonen GAA: 5.88 in playoffs

      • gbatap - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        You were waiting for someone to make this comment and that’s the best you could come up with? Stats from 7 years ago all while ignoring the fact he may be playing the best hockey of his career right now and looked pretty comfortable coming in at the Olympics? Ok then…

        Putting in a rookie goalie who is coming into the playoffs having only played 10 games in three months and nothing major on his resume is definitely rolling the dice. Hiller has been there before and that experience is invaluable. A veteran presense settles the team and if anything takes all the pressure off Anderson if he ends up needing to be used. Seems like another questionable postseason decision by Boudreau but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    The Ducks would be better off using 6 skaters and no goalie than putting Hiller in the game.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      ouch!

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