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Author: Cat Silverman

2017 Playoff Preview, Round 2: Cam Talbot vs. John Gibson

One of the most fun playoff scenarios is the veteran starter against the up-and-comer – but for the Anaheim Ducks – Edmonton Oilers series, the battle of the newly-minted number ones may be one of the most fun we’ll get to see. John Gibson  GPSV%5v5 Sv%LDSv%MDSv%HDSv% John Gibson5292.4293.4897.7695.1182.40  Coming into the postseason, the biggest concern for Gibson wasn’t his play – by all metrics, he was one of the league’s comfortably above-average starters – but in his durability. In his first full season without tandem partner Frederik Andersen, the young netminder appeared in just 52 regular season games. It...

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Five-hole officially added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

Words like ‘goaltender’, ‘mask’, ‘glove’, ‘net’, and ‘voodoo’ have been in the dictionary for ages. Now, another piece of goaltender lingo has been added – officially. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the phrase ‘five-hole’ is now  a legitimate, dictionary-worthy word. It’s defined as “the space between the legs of a goaltender,” and it’s no longer just a phrase used to chirp your least favorite tendy. While it’s nice to see goaltending acknowledged by the community at large, they could have picked a better word to add. Where’s “Hasek-ing”? Why isn’t “Johnny Bower poke check” an official term recognized by the...

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Marc-Andre Fleury honors favorite teammates with new mask

Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush designs received a call around New Year’s Eve from Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and his equipment manager, Dana Heinze. Fleury wanted a new mask. The two have worked together on a number of mask designs for the Penguins netminder, but this one was a little different. Fleury wanted it to be a tribute – not to Penguins of years past, but to the teammates he’s loved to skate out with. In honor of the team’s 50th anniversary – and the upcoming outdoor game against the Philadelphia Flyers – Fleury and Heinze sent...

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