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Author: Ken Brumberger

Vague goalie interference interpretations plague playoffs

This just in: NHL goaltender interference rulings can be complicated. In addition to the Nashville Predators’ goal on Corey Crawford in the first round that we’ve already reviewed, the early rounds of this year’s playoffs have provided ample opportunities for a deep dive into the details of Rule 69 and its variations. Lets begin with the easiest ones. Second Round: Edmonton vs Anaheim, Game 2, April 28, Honda Center The Oilers’ Mark Letestu (55) clearly engages Anaheim defenseman Brandon Montour (71) in the slot, then leverages his position to push Montour onto Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson in his crease. Adam Larsson’s shot from...

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Jake Allen’s rotation adjustment under Martin Brodeur

Coming into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, most of the NHL fan base wasn’t sure what to expect from Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues. Just before Ken Hitchcock was relieved of his duties as head coach, Allen had fallen so far in his eyes that he was scratched from the lineup. Enter Mike Yeo, a return to a zone-based defensive system, and whatever influence the great Martin Brodeur was able to exert, and Allen powered through the end of the season looking like the number 1 goalie he was projected to be. The Western Conference First Round was Jake...

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2017 Playoff Preview, Round 2: Henrik Lundqvist vs Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson’s emotionally moving season continues on into the 2nd round, where his Ottawa Senators face a showdown with Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist: NameGPSV%5v5 SV %LDSv%MDSv%HDSv% Henrik Lundqvist5791.0391.8398.0590.3682.91   Lundqvist and the Rangers come up against the Ottawa Senators after dropping the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price in 6 games. The Rangers defense withstood a strong possession series from the Habs, and avoided many of the breakdowns and net front self-deflections that had contributed to some of Lundqvist’s perceived struggles during the regular season. Were it not for late game Montreal heroics in Game 2, the Rangers might...

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