Anaheim’s Andersen Wins as First Danish NHL Goalie
Called up Friday with Viktor Fasth hurt, Andersen watched Jonas Hiller struggle in the first period as the Ducks fell behind 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Sunday before being told during the first intermission that he was going in to start the second. He spent most of the period watching Anaheim set a team record with 23 shots on Jack Campbell, who was also making his NHL debut, at the other end, but finished by stopping all 24 shots he saw for a 6-3 win.
It was the first time two goaltenders have debuted in the same game since Yann Danis of the Montreal Canadiens and Michael Garnett of the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct.12, 2005, and the soft spoken Andersen told NHL.com there wasn’t much time to get nervous.
“I feel like I’m a kind of a calm guy, so I didn’t want to do too much from what I usually do,” Andersen said.
Lost in the Ducks comeback and record-tying seventh-straight win was a historic night for Andersen, who became the first Danish-born goalie to play in the NHL.
It certainly wasn’t a straight line from Denmark to Anaheim for the 24-year-old. InGoal Magazine’s Elias Rassi caught up with Andersen shortly after he was picked by Anaheim in the summer of 2012 – his fourth time through the NHL Draft, including one other selection by the Carolina Hurricanes – and talked to him about a path that includes style roots in Danish stand up, Quebec butterfly and Swedish hybrid. Read the entire interview and story here.