Thread: Confirmed with Link: Ducks sign Fasth to Two-Year Extension
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02-21-2013, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Nikko View Post
Something I've noticed in the difference between Hiller and Fasth is the way the defenseman play in front of them. They seem more comfortable with Fasth, they are able to anticipate a little better and know which shots to step in front of and which to let through, which shots are going to produce dangerous rebounds, etc. With Hiller, they seem to second guess things because a lot of it is random. This is a hugely important aspect of a goaltender for the cohesion of rest of the team. Any of my fellow former (or current) defenseman know what I'm saying here?
With Hiller, what should be one save ends up being three or four saves or a goal. The way he stops the puck rarely allows him to shallow up the puck and thus leads to multiple rebounds. This causes the d-men to totally break down and scramble. Also the way he handles the puck totally efts up a breakout.

With Fasth he's shallows up rebounds or least puts them in a better spot allowing the d-men to do their job better. When he handles the puck he actually is able to pass it to his d-men. I think Hiller struggles with that because he catches with his strong hand (writing hand) and essentially handles his stick backwards.

There's no question our D plays a more confident game with Fasth in net.

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