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Ducks pull Andersen (again)

Apr 27, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

A lot can change in the next period (and change), but so far, the narrative indicates that the home team has been dominant in the Anaheim Ducks – Dallas Stars first-round series. That disparity might be best shown in Frederik Andersen‘s last few starts.

Andersen stopped 34 out of 36 shots to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead in Anaheim. That’s a nice performance, but it’s now sandwiched between two games in Dallas in which the rookie goaltender has been pulled.

It happened in Game 4 and now a little more than halfway through Game 6, as a second sensational Trevor Daley goal sent Andersen packing. It’s difficult to argue with Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau’s decision on Sunday, in particular, as he allowed four goals on just 12 shots.

Trevor Daley’s second goal ultimately was the last straw:

Andersen was able to maintain control of the Ducks’ goalie position after the last time he was pulled, but the question is: if this series goes to a Game 7, would it be Jonas Hiller or Andersen?

There’s plenty of time for the Ducks to make that a discussion for the second round instead of a decisive Game 7, but right now it feels like that could be a serious question.

  1. dsonashville28 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I think Andersen has lost his mojo. Time to recall John Gibson and scratch Andersen.

  2. phxyotes - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Sure he’s let some easy goals go by, but lets not forget the Ducks D has been horrible tonight. Dallas has had something like 4 breakaways and at least 2 odd man rushes.

    • areaman714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Andersen has looked not very in all but two games and horrible in two of those. All games on the road he has been bad. It is why you go with the veteran goalie with more than 28 NHL starts in the playoffs.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Bruce Boudreau has never been able to make up his mind on a starting goaltender in his NHL coaching career.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    if im a ducks fan im a lil worried about how far this team is going to make it. u gotta have a goalie if your serious about winning the cup.

    • areaman714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      They have been doing miracles all year my man!

  5. 19to77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Damn. Trevor Daley is fast as hell when he wants to be. That was a fantastic drive.

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Aside from Rask and Varlamov, goaltending in the playoffs has very inconsistent.

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