NHL team calls out Toronto Sun for headline slighting goalie after record night: ‘Be better’

NHL team calls out Toronto Sun for headline slighting goalie after record night: ‘Be better’

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The called out the Toronto Sun on social media Thursday after the outlet referred to rookie netminder Lukas Dostal as a “no-name goalie” in a headline despite his record-setting night for the franchise. 

Dostal, starting in place of John Gibson, who was out with an illness, set a franchise record for the Ducks, saving 55 of 57 shots on goal in Anaheim’s overtime loss to the

Lukas Dostal of the Anaheim Ducks adjusts his mask in the second period during a game against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center Dec. 21, 2023, in Anaheim, Calif.  (Nicole Vasquez/NHLI via Getty Images)

“If it’s a 20-shot or 40-shot [game], at the end of the day I’m just trying to make sure I try to stop every single puck,” Dostal told reporters in the locker room after the game. 

“That’s my job. I don’t really worry about how many shots it is.” 

Apparently, the big night for Dostal wasn’t enough to get any name recognition in the Toronto Sun’s headline. 

The headline, “Auston Matthews saves day in OT after no-name goalie vexes Maple Leafs,” caught the attention of the Ducks social media team, which blasted the outlet in a post on X. 

“His name is Lukas Dostal. He had 55 saves last night. He was in October,” the post said.  “Be better, @TheTorontoSun.”

Dostal led the league among rookie goalies last month, winning four of five games and being named Rookie of the Month. 

Lukas Dostal tends the goal

Lukas Dostal of the Anaheim Ducks tends goal during the third period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center Jan. 3, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Despite the slight, Dostal received overwhelming praise from his team and coach. 

“He was fantastic,” forward Isac Lundestrom said. “He’s always working hard, so I’m really happy for the kid.” 

“Dostal kept us in there. It’s a shame we couldn’t win,” coach Greg Cronin said.  “He’s terrific. He’s quick. When he’s out and he’s attacking, he’s an aggressive goalie, and he’s hard to beat.” 

Lukas Dostal makes a save

Lukas Dostal (1) of the Anaheim Ducks blocks a shot on goal by John Tavares (91) of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period of a game at Honda Center Jan. 3, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Ducks move on to host the Friday. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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