The Stanley Cup Finals takes place on such a massive stage that the goaltending lessons we learn inevitably have the power to influence us forevermore.
Last night, Jonathan Quick became the third American-born player, and the second consecutive American-born goaltender, to win the Conn Smythe. As crazy as that sounds, it was Boston’s Tim Thomas that accomplished this same feat just one season ago.
Monday was quite the crowning achievement for the Swedish goaltending community. AIK’s Viktor Fasth and Brynas’ Niklas Svedberg (reportedly) signed NHL deals with the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins, respectively.
On late Thursday night, I was a guest on Sportsnet FAN590 in Toronto. The show was Norm Rumak’s Sportsnet Overnight, so the segment didn’t air until 2:30 in the morning on the East Coast. It was pre-recorded at 8pm my time, so I was able to get a copy of the segment courtesy of the station.
Eye attachment is not only an essential element of good goaltending, it’s an absolute necessity. To keep your eyes glued to the puck at all times is to allow the body (and mind) to display (and increase) confidence when making a save.
Fourteen nights later, I finally had a chance to dissect the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a much wider lens, and from a wider perspective. By doing so, I came to the conclusion that what Braden Holtby experienced over the last four weeks stemmed from a rare gift of opportunity, one given to (or earned by) maybe two percent of the entire pro goalie population over the last 10 years.