Ducks’ Lukas Dostal has right attitude about return to AHL

ANAHEIM — Rookie goaltender Lukas Dostal was absorbing lessons, on and off the ice, when he was up with the Ducks in December and before he was 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 over at me and started to smile and shake his head,” Ducks goalie coach Sudarshan Maharaj said on Monday.

“And I said, ‘Why are you laughing?’ He said, ‘I have so much to learn, still.’ When he saw Gibby go through those reps … it goes to show, such a good head on his shoulders.”

The story was illustrative of Dostal’s attitude toward the craft and recognition of the current situation now that the Ducks have two healthy goalies, 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 that Dostal understood the circumstances behind the redeployment.

“(Earlier) he said he was disappointed after training camp but kind of realized his situation,” Maharaj said. “This time he was just happy he had this experience and knows that there is more to gain.”

Said Ducks coach Dallas Eakins: “When guys get sent down it’s one of two things – it’s either just the disappointment and the sorrow that you were there and you had a chance and it didn’t work out and you’re being sent down.

“Or that you’re going to sulk and be (hacked) off. And Dos gets told, he goes, and it’s like ‘Let’s go. I’m going to go play and do my best to help my teammates.’ That’s all he thinks about. He doesn’t think about the negative parts that gets into your head and can affect your game.”


Stolarz, who backed up Gibson against the Flyers, had been sidelined since suffering an injury on Dec. 9 against the visiting San Jose Sharks, in relief.

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His last start was on Dec. 4 at 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 left on their long 10-game homestand, a franchise record.

“Today we’re going to sit down and remap our schedule,” Eakins said on Monday morning. “You always put these things down and they end up changing, so we’re going to sit down here and go through that.

“I don’t want to wait very 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 alignment against the Flyers. Forward Justin Kirkland was the odd man out. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was the extra defenseman, having been out of the lineup last week against Vegas and Nashville.

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