Ducks send ailing Jonas Hiller home

Updated: April 19, 2011, 6:21 PM ET
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Ducks starting goaltender Jonas Hiller was sent back to Anaheim for treatment of lingering vertigo symptoms, the team announced Tuesday.

Igor Bobkov will serve as the team's third goaltender behind Ray Emery and Dan Ellis. After Ellis started in Anaheim's first-round opener versus Nashville, Emery received the starting nod in Games 2 and 3. The Predators lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Hiller began feeling vertigo symptoms shortly after returning from his first All-Star appearance in January. The Ducks signed Emery as insurance, then traded for Ellis after Hiller's symptoms continued and his backup, Curtis McIlhinney, couldn't cut it as a full-time goalkeeper.

Hiller posted a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage through 26 games. In his first game back from the All-Star break, he allowed three goals on 10 shots and was lifted in a 4-3 loss Feb. 2 against visiting San Jose.

He sat out three games, returned to shut out Edmonton on 12 shots but began feeling symptoms again during practice. He sat out another 16 games before returning March 24 in Nashville. He was again lifted after allowing three goals on nine shots in the 5-4 loss.

Hiller hasn't appeared in a game since, though he did serve as the back-up to Ellis while Emery sat out the final two regular-season games with a lower-body injury. He was a healthy scratch the first three playoff games.

Dan Arritt covers the Ducks for ESPNLosAngeles.com.