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10-30-2009, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by nik jr View Post
i wonder how much of the bad starts to games is demoralization b/c the goalie has allowed too many goals.

it is really draining to have to come back, and to play without confidence in the goalie.

but on the other hand, team D has generally been weak at the start of games. goaltending is not the only reason for falling behind early.
I think in the playoffs Osgood exuded that confidence that allowed the team to play more relaxed. Even in Hasek's last year he still had that aura around him that everything would be fine (ironic that as 'bad' as he was in his last year we'd definitely take a goalie playing like that now).

When your goalies continue to give up bad-breaking goals it renders the rest of the defense useless.

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