Ducks’ Lukas Dostal has right attitude about return to AHL – Orange County Register
ANAHEIM — Rookie goaltender Lukas Dostal absorbed lessons, on and off the ice, when he was up with the Ducks in December and before being reassigned to AHL San Diego.
This included watching and learning from the Ducks’ No. 1 goalie, John Gibson.
“He was standing there on the ice with me when John Gibson was doing some reps and he looked at me and started smiling and shaking his head,” Ducks goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj said Monday.
“And I said, ‘Why are you laughing?’ He said: ‘I still have so much to learn.’ Seeing Gibby go through those reps … it turns out, such a good head on his shoulders.”
The story was illustrative of Dostal’s attitude to the craft and the recognition of the current situation now that the Ducks have two healthy goaltenders, Gibson and Anthony Stolarz. After what was a successful run with the Ducks in December — albeit a small sample size — Dostal went back to the Gulls and promptly recorded a 3-0 shutout against the Henderson Silver Knights on Sunday, making 39 saves. It was his second shutout of the season with the Gulls.
Maharaj said Dostal understood the circumstances behind the transfer.
“(Earlier) he said he was disappointed after the training camp but kind of realized his situation,” Maharaj said. “This time he was just glad he had this experience and knows there’s more to come.”
Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said: “When guys get sent down, it’s one of two things — it’s either just the disappointment and the sadness that you were there and you had a chance and it didn’t work out and you get sent down.
“Or that you’re going to sulk and get (chopped) off. And Dos is told, he goes, and it’s like ‘Let’s go. I will play and do my best to help my teammates. That’s all he thinks about. He doesn’t think about the negative parts that get into your head and can affect your game.”
Stolarz, who backed up Gibson against the Flyers, had been sidelined since suffering an injury Dec. 9 against the visiting San Jose Sharks in relief.
His last start was Dec. 4 in Winnipeg. Eakins and Maharaj have been in discussions about when the next one might be. After Monday night’s game, the Ducks still have five remaining on their long 10-game homestand, a franchise record.
“Today we’re going to sit down and reschedule our schedule,” Eakins said Monday morning. “You always put these things down and they end up changing, so we’re going to sit down here and go through it.
“I don’t want to wait long. If he’s ready, he’s ready. We’ve got to get him back up and playing.”
The Ducks went with an 11-7 adjustment against the Flyers. Forward Justin Kirkland was the odd man out. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was the extra defender, after being out of the lineup last week against Vegas and Nashville.