Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen earns NHL "Three Stars" honor

October 20, 2014

The Anaheim Ducks currently stand atop the Western Conference standings due in large part to the play of goaltender Frederik Andersen.  Today, Andersen was recognized for his outstanding performances this past week, as he, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending October 19.


Andersen went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average, .955 save percentage, and one shutout to help the Ducks extend their winning streak to five games. He made 11 saves in a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres October 13; 39 saves – plus another three in the shootout – in a 4-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers October 14; and 27 saves in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild October 17.

Andersen then closed the week by recording his first NHL shutout last night, making 28 saves in a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. With the win, Andersen improved to 25-5-0 in his NHL career (33 GP), joining Boston’s Ross Brooks (25-2-3; Oct. 25, 1972 – Feb. 28, 1974) as the only goaltenders in League history to win 25 (or more) of their first 30 decisions. The 25-year-old Herning, Denmark, native also maintained his perfect record in 2014-15, improving to 5-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in five appearances.


Seguin led the NHL with eight points (4-4—8) in three games to help the Stars earn five out of a possible six standings points. He opened the week by recording his fifth career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 14. Seguin again tallied the decisive goal, this time with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 16. He then capped by the week by posting a career-high four assists in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18. Since joining the Stars for the 2013-14 season, the 22-year-old Brampton, Ont., native leads the League with four hat tricks. The second overall selection by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Seguin has 97-116—213 in 288 career regular-season games.


Stamkos led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to power the Lightning to two victories in three starts. He began the week by scoring his eighth career hat trick (including the game-winning goal) and firing a career-high 12 shots on goal in a 7-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 13. After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Oct. 14, Stamkos posted 2-1—3, including the primary assist on Ryan Callahan’s tiebreaking marker, in a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 18. The 24-year-old Markham, Ont., native is tied for second in the League with five goals this season. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, his second in the NHL, no one has scored more goals than Stamkos’ 215.

Ducks News and Notes

1.  The Anaheim Ducks signed a long-term contract extension with FOX Sports Prime Ticket. Prime Ticket has carried Ducks telecasts since the club’s inaugural season in 1993-94 and will remain the broadcast home of the Ducks.  Other outlets have reported the deal is for ten years.

“This is a great day for the Ducks organization and our fans,” said Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Prime Ticket and bring Ducks hockey into Southern California homes for the foreseeable future.”

All 82 regular season games will be televised locally this year for the fourth consecutive season. A club-record 75 games will be carried live on Fox networks, including 71 on Prime Ticket/Fox Sports West and four on KCOP-13.

2.  The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they recalled goaltender John Gibson from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk.

Gibson, 21 (7/14/93), posted a 1-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average (GAA) and .902 save percentage (SV%) in two games with Norfolk. Reassigned to Norfolk on Oct. 15, Gibson stopped 32-of-34 shots en route to a 3-2 win in his AHL season debut on Oct. 17 vs. Manchester. The 6-3, 216-pound goaltender has appeared in 48 career AHL games with Norfolk, going 22-18-4 with five shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and .917 SV%.

LaBarbera, 34 (1/18/80), did not appear in a game following his Oct. 15 recall from Norfolk. Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2014, LaBarbera turned away 33-of-37 shots for a 5-4 victory in his season debut with Norfolk on Oct. 11 vs. Hershey.

By Staff of and news services

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