Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth got the start in net on the road in Calgary for the split-squad pre-season game on Sunday night. As the horn sounded signalling the end of the first period, the Flames were outshooting the Oilers 14-1. However, the score remained 0-0 largely because of the play of Fasth.
Considering that this is one of a handful of pre-season games for Fasth and the Oilers, it was almost a good thing that the Flames tested Fasth early. It gave him an opportunity to find his rhythm after a summer away from game action.
“As long as you save them,” Fasth said of the heavy workload. “But unfortunately they got the win today. But I think we played better and better as long as the game went on. I think we have to take that with us to the next game. I think the PK played really good in front of me and blocked a lot of shots. We’ve got to take those positives with us to the next game.”
The Head Coach for the Oilers in this game was Todd Nelson and he was thoroughly impressed with the way Fasth handled 20 shots in 40 minutes of action. Nelson called Fasth’s performance “outstanding” and says it was good to see him get comfortable early.
“We’d like to play down quite a bit in their end too,” Nelson said. “There’s nothing like getting Viktor into the game early because Calgary came at us pretty hard. Viktor was good. He was controlled in net and if there were rebounds I felt our guys did a pretty good job of playing desperate there and clearing pucks. He’s definitely on his game right now and hopefully that continues.”
Fasth finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots.