Anaheim’s postseason of goaltending drama continued on Thursday night, as Jonas Hiller was called into relief for Frederik Andersen with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third period.
Andersen, who got the Game 3 nod after Hiller started Games 1 and 2, appeared to suffer some sort of lower-body injury and wasn’t putting any weight on his right leg while exiting the ice.
Prior to getting hurt, the Danish netminder had played well and stopped 22 of 23 shots in just under 50 minutes of action.
As mentioned above, this postseason has been trying on the Ducks’ goaltenders. Andersen got all six starts in the opening round against Dallas but was yanked twice by head coach Bruce Boudreau, including in the deciding Game 6 when Hiller came in with Anaheim down two goals, then stopped all 12 shots faced as the Ducks rallied to win in overtime.
That Game 6 effort got Hiller the nod in the first two games of the Kings series, though Boudreau was hardly complimentary in discussing Hiller’s play, saying the Swiss goalie’s Game 1 outing was “adequate.”