Chicago Blackhawks Stun San Jose Sharks, Go Up 2-0 in Western Conference Finals

May 18th, 2010 by Phenom Jay Leave a reply »
Professional athletes are an elite group who perform, train and sacrifice on a level many of us will never realize. Despite personal achievements or ability however, in hockey you simply cannot win or lose the game by yourself.  Just ask Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.

Unless of course you are the goalie.

Goalies, much like quarterbacks, are defined by a singular statistic; a singular measure of how great they are. Not GAA, not All-Star appearances, not shutouts—their definitions can only be forged in the fires of the NHL playoffs. A hot goalie that can carry his team when it counts, win when it counts and step up when it counts is the one true equalizer in the NHL playoffs. Chris Osgood anyone?

For Evgeni Nabokov, a free agent at the end of the year, this year was supposed to be his redemption, his moment, the crown he would carry with him into free agency.

Someone hold off on the coronation and horns.

Anyone that has followed the San Jose Sharks knows of the label applied to Nabokov. Overworked, inconsistent, playoff choker; any or all of these statements might be among the terms one would hear in regards to Nabokov.

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