|Written by Justin Goldman|
|Monday, 17 March 2008 07:30|
I think we should all refer to Martin Brodeur the same way ESPN’s venerable John Buccigross did on Saturday night. “Marty, Marty, the one-man party.”
Many expected the Canadiens’ rookie goalie tandem to play well but that their lack of experience would hold them back when it came time for the playoffs. Well, both have been playing great, but nobody expected them to play this well. Now they are out to prove that not even the pressure of the playoffs will slow them down.
Jaroslav Halak pitched a shutout in a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday by making 30 saves, picking up where he left off last year. I’m referring to a streak at home where he went 7-0 and collected two shutouts in that stretch.
Carey Price may have dropped an 0-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators just a few days prior, but he’s playing well in his current 3-3 stretch and he’s not allowing the losses to drop his confidence level or faze him. Plus don’t forget his last win was a 4-0 shutout against Marty, Marty the one-man party.
It’s always interesting to see how a young superstar comes back from a lengthy injury and responds to adversity. Fleury faced an even tougher challenge than most goalies put in this position, mainly due to the fact he’s a former first-round draft pick and a resurgent Ty Conklin was in his way of playing more.
It gives him more strength and power to move laterally either while on his skates or down in his butterfly. It also allows him to be more efficient while pushing side to side, which improves his positioning and keeps him from having to scramble back into position. This is just another step in the refining process of Fleury’s game, and it’s only going to result in better performances.
Giguere to Sweat A Lot More
Chris Pronger’s suspension doesn’t only put a kink in the Western Conference standings; it also puts a lot of extra pressure on J.S. Giguere. Although he still has Scott Neidermayer and Mathieu Schneider in front of him, lacking Pronger’s presence on the ice for the remainder of the regular season will make Giguere, who has a history of dehydration, sweat just a little bit more.
The final ten games of the season will be a much more tiring stretch for the goalie, but whether or not it will affect his stamina in the long run remains to be seen. But now there’s a variable injected into the Ducks’ run for a second straight Stanley Cup and how they handle the loss of Pronger will ultimately become a result of how well Giguere can handle the rising number of scoring chances.
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