Fast-learning Fasth helps Ducks to victory

Keeper makes 31 saves to shutout Avalanche

Gulf News

New York: Swedish goalie Viktor Fasth extended the perfect start to his NHL career with a 31-save shutout to help the surging Anaheim Ducks ease to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

Fasth’s first shut-out took him to four wins from as many starts as the 30-year-old continues to make a seamless transition from the Swedish Elite League to the NHL since he was signed as a free agent in the close season.

Sheldon Souray and Saku Koivu each scored in the first period while Francois Beauchemin added a goal in the second to give the Ducks a fourth straight win.

Koivu and Souray also notched assists, with Anaheim (7-1-1) continuing to build on their best start since winning the Stanley Cup in the 2006-07 season.

The Avalanche (4-6-0), by contrast, have now lost three in a row.