For the second straight week InGoal Magazine wants you, the reader, to help us pick the three stars. The poll will run all day Sunday, with the winner revealed Monday morning, and just like last week, we are accepting write-in votes and encouraging campaigning among fans. So you decide, are impressive home-and-away wins over the Washington Capitals enough for Tim Thomas and his surgically repaired hip to top the list this week. Or will rookie backup Cory Schneider’s consecutive victories – the first time in Roberto Luongo’s four seasons in Vancouver he has watched two straight from the bench on home ice – put him atop the list. And what about Jaroslav Halak’s surge in St. Louis? You chose the winner. Thank you…poll is now...Read More
Author: InGoal Magazine Staff
(Editor’s note: InGoal is proud to debut exclusive photos of Theodore’s new mask to replace this mummy temp). Halloween is still more than a week away but Jose Theodore appeared to be in the trick-or-treat mood early, making his Minnesota Wild debut Friday night in a mask that looked like it had been wrapped up mummy style. Turns out it has. After signing with the Wild just before the season started because scheduled backup Josh Harding tore up his knee in a preseason game, Thoedore was still waiting for his new Minnesota-themed mask to arrive from the painter. In the meantime he has wrapped up last season’s lid from the Washington Capitals with pieces of tape and splattered it liberally with Wild stickers, creating the mummy effect that as on display against the Canucks on Friday night, complete with frayed edges where the tape wraps over the edges of the mask. It’s easy to forgive Theodore for looking like something from the local beer league – and not just because his temporary set up is so perfectly suited to the fast-approaching candy and costumes season. The stylish 34-year-old veteran has more than earned the benefit of the doubt for the intricate gargoyle-themed masks he wore in Montreal and Colorado before appropriately subbing in bald eagles on both sides of his mask in Washington last season. Theodore’s helmets have long...Read More
Dwayne Roloson gives a shout out to Billy Smith and “Chico” Resch New York goaltender Rick Dipietro stole most of the headlines by breaking out a new set of bright pink pads and matching gloves prior to Monday night’s game between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. As good as Dipietro’s cause is in raising money and awareness for the Hockey Fights Cancer month, for pure aesthetics his playing partner, Dwayne Roloson, was a better story – and not because of a sometimes spectacular 29-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto. Roloson also debuted a brand new orange and blue lid featuring tributes to Islanders greats Billy Smith on the right side, and Glen “Chico” Resch on the other. And while there was no word on whether or not the Smith image struck fear into any opponent that dared come near the New York crease, Roloson’s shout out to the past is certain to strike a more positive chord with Islanders fans everywhere. It’s also a nice continuation of a recent trend of tribute masks that, if the response here at InGoal Magazine is any indication, has been well received from goalies all over the world. The list began with Los Angeles Kings No.1 Jonathan Quick doing his best Rogie Vachon impersonation in the season opener, a story that generated another 10,000+ page views in just over...Read More
This is the second week for our three stars segment and this time you the readers made the selection. In a poll that ran for Sunday only, we began with six InGoal suggestions, received two write in votes from readers and after a pile of Twitter and blogging campaigning by fans are now able to reveal our winners for the week between Oct. 10 and 17! Would Tomas Vokoun’s back-to-back shutouts, including one over state rival Tampa Bay and a potent Lightning attack be enough to top the list … 1. First Star: Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals. Taking full advantage of the early season injury to expected No.1 Semyon Varlamov, the 22-year-old Neuvirth was a perfect 3-0 in three starts last week, allowing just five goals in wins over Ottawa, the New York Islanders, and Nashville. After splitting decisions the week before, Neuvirth posted a .947 save percentage in the three victories. 2. Second Star: Anders Lindback, Nashville Predators. Another 22-year-old rookie, Lindback’s only loss in his first week as an NHL starter was in overtime to Neuvirth and the offensively dynamic Capitals. The 6-foot-6 Swede took over after Nashville’s 6-foot-5 No.1, Pekka Rinne, was injured in a crease collision in the season opener – and yes, the Predators do have almost 13 feet of goalie tandem this season – and stopped 23 of 25 in a win over rival...Read More
We want you to decide the three goalie stars for the past week, October 10-17. This poll will only be open today so please vote now and share it with your friends! The winners will be announced in this weeks InGoal Magazine Newsletter, due out Monday morning. It looks like the Preds’ fans are using twitter to campaign for Lindback – aka “Anders the Giant” – if you have a favorite hit that green retweet button and try to get some support for your vote! Poll is now closed. Thank you for your input! Check out the final 3 star selection… Editor’s Note: Let us know what you think in the comments – one reader asked for a write-in and Michal Neuvirth is now one of your...Read More
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