San Jose Sharks’ Evgeni Nabokov Needs to Point the Finger at Himself

December 6th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
Over the last decade in the NHL, the list of truly elite goaltenders in the league has always included a select few players. Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy, Chris Osgood, Ryan Miller, and Henrik Lundqvist are always considered elite.

Now there may be a few goalies I'm forgetting to mention on this list, but the point is that each and everyone of the aforementioned goaltenders had the highest amount of confidence from their fan-base.

Granted Chris Osgood's career numbers may not be at the level of the rest of the group, his Stanley Cup rings show how he elevate's his game when it matters most. His knack for making that big save when his team needs it the most has earned him an eternal place in Red Wings history.

However, after the top group of goaltenders who are always considered elite, there is a second-tier cluster of goalies that fans want to consider as elite goaltenders.

That list includes the following: Miikka Kiprusoff, Marty Turco, Niklas Backstrom, Tim Thomas, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Evgeni Nabokov.

At any particular time, fans my claim any number of these goalies to be amongst the elit ...

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