The following is excerpted from Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where to Look, by Greg Wyshynski, out now from Triumph Books.
Stevenage FC beat Wycombe Wanderers (there is no way this is a real team name) 2-1 yesterday. Finnish keeper Jesse Joronen scored the opener with this little scoop kick that bounced in.
Part meditation, part injury prevention, part superstition: playoff goalies discuss their stretching routines.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat up on Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek tonight, scoring four goals against him (plus an empty-netter) in a 5-2 victory to force Game 7. Despite the poor result, Mrazek had the save of the game (of the playoffs? of the season?) with this crazy lunging robbery of Brian Boyle. The goal was so…
Andrew Hammond's story is the best in the NHL right now, and the Senators are pushing for a miracle. But I can't shake the sense that the headline here ought to be "Magic hamburger doesn't explode after being thrown onto the ice."
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will miss a month or more, according to the Post's Larry Brooks, after continuing to experience symptoms from taking a puck in the throat during a Jan. 31 game against Carolina.
There is something in the water that is causing an epidemic of diving stick saves, and it is glorious. Here is Carter Hutton firmly declaring his candidacy for save of the year with this amazing reflexive swat, keeping Nashville's 4-3 lead intact late in the third period.
The Sabres will retire Dominik Hasek's number tonight, two months after his induction into the Hall of Fame. He is one of the greatest goaltenders of all time—very arguably the best of an era that featured the likes of Brodeur and Roy—yet it's nearly impossible to properly convey sustained netminding dominance through…
Sharks rookie netminder Troy Grosenick didn't just get his first NHL start yesterday, and he didn't merely win. He shut out the Hurricanes with 45 saves. And his family was there to see it.
On Sunday, Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie David Leggio escaped a 2-on-0 breakaway by toppling his own net, happily opting to face (and stopping) a penalty shot. Terrified that the move would inspire other netminders, the AHL has enacted a rule change.
In a move sure to be universally lauded by fans of the other 29 teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins have extended goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on a four-year deal with an average annual value of $5.75 million.
Thirty-year-old David Leggio has never made the big show—but you don't spend that long in the minor leagues without learning a few tricks. In a game yesterday, the netminder for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers saw his team turn the puck over at center ice, so he immediately toppled his own net to stop play.
This is from a Kings' preseason game
in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, with the video only posted online this weekend. It shows L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick surreptitiously passing an autograph to a fan through the glass during pregame introductions, which is a pretty cool thing for a guy seconds from taking the ice to do.
The odd thing about this series, where L.A. finds itself up 3-0, is that it's never felt particularly dominant. The Kings have clearly been the better team, but Games 1 and 2 could have gone either way, and everything save the scoreboard says last night's 3-0 win was fortuitous.
It wasn't so long ago that the Rangers were staring down death, rather than refusing to touch a trophy. Through three-quarters of the postseason, even after getting by the Canadiens with relative ease, they've had to play four elimination games: one against the Flyers, and three in a row against Pittsburgh. No one…
The difference between an elite goaltender and an outright bad one really isn't that huge. The best goalie in the league is probably going to give you .925, maybe .930 over the course of a season. The worst regular starter is probably going to sit around .900 or .905. That's two or three extra saves on every 100…
Because it's the Cup, we got bad Marc-Andre Fleury.
In time, any serious hockey market will destroy its $64 million goaltender.
Andrew Lickenbrock has created this handy-dandy map to show movement in the days leading up to an especially goalie-heavy trade deadline. Eleven netminders were dealt—one of them, Jaroslav Halak, moved twice—and there were four separate goalie-for-goalie trades. A crazy few days for the NHL's weirdos.
Last night's win over the Red Wings, his 684th all-time, was either Martin Brodeur's last start as a Devil, or his last start as a Devil until Friday (when NJ takes on Detroit again in the first half of back-to-backs). So no one knew quite how to act.