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Desperation and gloves saves… This instalment has them all!


Finally, baseball highlights are ending and we are back with gloves saves, desperation highlights and goaltending dominance. There are numerous big goalie questions that need some answering this year. Will Luongo be able to bounce back from his disappointing season? Will Khabibulin and Turco be able to excel in their old age? Who will be the Craig Anderson of 2011? Will Price be able to withstand the fury of the Habs fans, and solidify his position as the Number 1 guy? The only way to answer these questions is to stay posted and watch the goalies with a critical eye!

Varlamov Drifts like his Stanley Cup Hopes

April 28th, 2010

Capitals VS Canadiens

In crucial game 7 Semyon Varlamov was almost flawless with the exception of the game winning goal against Marc-Andre Bergeron. The sports casters claimed this goal was unstoppable but GOALIEREVIEW sees it differently! If you watch Bergeron, a left handed shooter, follow through on his shot (pause :06 seconds) you see his stick is lined up with the right post. This indicates to the goalie that the shot is going short side or toward the right side of the net.
Varlamov decides to slide out on the pass, instead of staying on his feet with a strong t-push, to square up with Bergeron’s stick. As a result Varlamov overslides and drifts away from the shot leading to a goal on the right side of the net.
GOALIEREVIEW thinks he could have played this differently in two ways. He could have either stayed on his feet to square up to the puck ensuring he had a strong angle or he could have reduced the power of his slide so he would be lined up with the shot. Either technique would have possibly led the Capitals to the next round!
What do you think, should goalies slide out right away on the pass or should they stay on their feet to square up?


APRIL 10th, 2010

Another example of a BAD GOAL resulting from the goalie misplaying the puck. Please visit the last GOALIEREVIEW post for an analysis of how to avoid these goals.

Lack of Effort results in Bad Goal

Kings VS Ducks

April 6th 2010

Over the past few weeks I have witnessed a number of soft goals as a result of the goalie not playing the puck properly. The LA Kings netminder is the most recent professional to demonstrate a lack of focus when playing the puck. In this clip we see Jonathan Quick stop the puck behind the net with the intention of getting it to his defenseman. However, the defenseman is being pressured by the Ducks forward leading to a cough up in the slot for an easy goal.
This might appear to be the defenseman’s fault but GOALIEREVIEW notices how laid back Quick was to stop the puck behind the net. He never shows any urgency to stop the puck behind the net. Because of his lack of effort, Quick gets to the puck late and offers a weak pass to his defenseman who then coughs it up. If Quick would have rushed to stop the puck he would have noticed two Ducks forwards crashing the net. A hard rim or short chip to the opposite defenseman would have both been better options leading to a fast break out.
Goalies, we must always remember that when stopping the puck behind the net we need to first assess the environment to see if it’s a safe play. This means the head should be up and you need to consider the best option whether it be a hard rim, soft chip, a long pass or simply leaving it for the defensemen. If you have any doubt stay in the net as stopping the puck is ALWAYS your main priority.

Scott Clemmensen: Angles and Save choice = DISASTER

March 22nd, 2010

Panthers VS Kings

Scott Clemmensen, the former Brodeur backup, demonstrates why he is not ready to be a starter in the NHL. In his rare start against the Kings, Clemmensen makes two fundamental mistakes leading to the first goal of the game, scored by Steve Downie. Scott Clemmensen, the former Brodeur backup, demonstrates why he is not quite ready to be a starter in the NHL. In his rare start against the Kings, Clemmensen makes two fundamental mistakes leading to the first goal of the game scored by Steve Downie. If you pause the clip at the 0:07 second mark you will notice Downie coming in the right wing and Clemmensen is completely off angle, squaring up to the body instead of the puck. This gives Downie a major advantage to score on the Trapper side. This could have been corrected with a short shuffle to adjust the positioning but instead the Panthers goalie relied on his reflexes instead of his technique leading to error 2.
If you pause the clip at the 0:09 second mark you will see Clemmenson executes a reflex kick save with his trapper behind him. Please do not confuse this with a leg save where the pad is flush to the ice and the groin extends to make the save. Instead the leg pops out, exposing the entire 5 hole as well as creating an off balanced glove position.

Downie simpley had to pick one of the many holes and it was 1-0 Kings.

Do you have any tricks for goalies to get square? I have a few but would love to hear yours.

The Phantom Stick Haunts Howard

March 1st 2010

Wings VS Avalanche

Right after the Olympic break Jimmy Howard, who has been sensational this year, was haunted by the phantom stick. The Phantom stick was discussed in great length in the mastering technique section of GOALIEREVIEW. The aforementioned article discusses how costly a big gap between the goalies stick and pad can be. If you pause the highlight at the 0:28 second mark you will see how the puck sneaks between the blocker pad and stick. Yes, Howard’s stick was on the ice but it was not covering the entire 5 hole. If Howard simply brought his stick a bit closer to his pads Stewart’s goal would have been a routine save.

Although I could not find a clip, the overtime goal in the Olympic Gold Medal Game was also a result of the Phantom Stick. Similar to Howard, Miller’s stick was too far out leading to a gap that Crosby exposed. Go to CTV and watch the highlight and you will see how avoiding the Phantom Stick could have led the Americans to a Gold Medal. Every time I see this goal I will be reminded of the Phantam Stick Phenomenon.

Either way Miller played lights out and proved once again that he is the best goalie in the world.