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Dylan Ferguson’s first NHL start was the stuff of storybooks.

Called up by the Ottawa Senators from Belleville of the American Hockey League the day before after a season spent mostly on tryout contracts with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ferguson made 48 saves in a tight 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 27. It was a long time coming for Ferguson, who was drafted in the seventh-round by the Dallas Stars in 2017, traded to the Vegas Golden Knights not long after, and played nine minutes of NHL emergency relief as an 18 year old before spending his first four seasons as a pro on seven teams in the AHL and ECHL, including winning a Kelly Cup ECHL Championship with Fort Wayne in 2021.

Ferguson has worked closely with Pete Fry, the Goalie Mindset Guy, and has appeared at his one-day seminars hosted by InGoal the past few summers. Fry was also in the stands to watch the impressive performance in Pittsburgh in person, so he caught up with InGoal this week to outline some of the mindset keys that helped Ferguson play so well on such a big stage.

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