The Canes beat the Panthers 7-2 and Cam Ward came up with our highlight of the night. Check out the save with his right pad while on his belly.
Here’s a solid bit of work by Alex Auld – let the controversy begin in Dallas!
NHL Goalie News
In a very nice article My Goaltending Tutor, My Enemy author Christopher Botta reveals how many NHL goaltenders turn to coaches from other teams wo they already have a good working relationship with in the summer. Now that Brian Burke is feuding with his Canucks counterpart Mike Gillis, will Roberto Luongo be allowed to consult with his long time mentor, and Leafs coach, Francois Allaire? I suppose until NHL goalie coaches start getting paid full-time money they are going to keep working with guys in the off-season.
We have a few articles from Chicago where we learn that Corey Crawford’s demotion to the AHL was at least in part due to the fact that Niemi would have had to clear waivers before being sent down. At least it worked out with Niemi getting a shutout in his only start so far. Waiver status affected Chicago Blackhawks backup goalie decision.
Speaking of which fans are already restless with Cristobal Huet as he starting goalie, especialy after how well Niemi played:
- Losing isn’t everything; let’s give peace a chance with Hawks, Huet
- Cristobal Huet is French for ‘Mommy, make it stop’
In New Jersey Martin Brodeur has at least partially quieted his early-season critics (see Critics taking shots at old Brodeur) with a good performance against Tampa Bay: Martin Brodeur’s 41 saves for NJ Devils the most this early in season since ’95
Pascal Leclaire is off to a decent start in Ottawa and sat down with the Ottawa Citizen to answer reader questions: Pascal Leclaire answers your questions
It sounds like Carey Price has a few scars on his knuckles from pounding the drywall after his tough outing in Vancouver in front of family and friends. These reports sure give you the feeling this young man struggles to handle his emotions – not at all a good sign. But what a difference a few days makes – he was being celebrated not long ago for a quick start to the year. Such is life in Montreal – and Toronto as well.
Here is the latest from the Toskala/Monster/MacDonald watch in Toronto:
Three games into the season and fresh off a Vezina Trophy the wolves are at Tim Thomas already. Thomas is 1-2-0 with a 4.00 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage.
Colorado’s Craig Anderson is off to a good start with his new team. He must be looking forward to starting against the Hawks tonight as he grew up playing minor hockey in Chicago and played briefly for the Hawks..
Chris Osgood is playing well in the early going and for a change there aren’t many dump Ozzie stories out of the Motor City. Still, he makes the news as Osgood isn’t pleased with the way the Officials have been calling games in the early-going: Chris Osgood: ‘Ridiculous’ early-season calls mean too many 2-man advantages.
And finally, gone but not forgotten. Dominik Hasek may be retired from the NHL but he is still playing and on the long list to represent the Czech Republic for the fifth time in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Fifth Olympics for Hasek?