Friday, April 22, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
I would really hate to be an NHL goaltender in the playoffs. You think Hernrik Lundqvist slept well last night? One of the most renowned goalies in the league saved one of the worst performances of his career for the worst possible night. Good luck getting a rangers fan to recall 10 times Lundqcist got pulled over his career. Now try getting them to recall the last time happened in a playoff game. One bad game on the wrong night and his teams playoff chances are probable shot. And how about the two goaltenders who battled into multiple overtimes? Corey Crawford made over 40 saves for Chicago. Brian Elliot saved into the high 30's. And both were making plenty of saves in overtime. And yet, this was the sentiment. Counterpoint: once you get to overtime in the playoffs, no save is routing. Its a battle against nerves and the little bit of panic that will set in once you make even the slightest mistake. Sure, it looked like Crawford and Elliott were simply maintaining the correct posture and fundamentals. But they were doing that on the biggest stage in sports. So, uh, not routine. But that's the life of a goaltender. You're expected to do your job with often mild laudation, and once you don't do it the playoffs magnifying glass peers in even closer. They don't get no respect.

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