Seizing the Moment: This NHL Season’s Most Unexpected Goalie Success Stories

March 25th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
It's the most important position for a hockey team, especially when you come into a season with serious questions surrounding it. This season has certainly proved to be the year of the goaltender, both good and bad—and it's increasingly evident that the NHL is blessed with a more plentiful crop of exceptional patrollers between the pipes than we first thought. The usual suspects have been in the news, of course. Martin Brodeur passed Terry Sawchuck for the all-time shutout record. Ryan Miller put in an out-of-this-world performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics. And Roberto Luongo won Team Canada's starting job before winning the gold medal on his home turf. Yes, the goalies we always expect to be great have been just that this season. There have also been those who have come out of the shadows, and shocked more than a few people with impressive play that is worthy of some serious recognition. The situation between the pipes was a concern for many coming into the 2009-2010 season. Several net-minder nightmares have been realized. Others have been pleasantly surprised with a progression in their nets that they couldn’t have dreamed of. More than one job has been s ...

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