Anyone know why Lundqvist plays so deep in his net?
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10-26-2011, 01:26 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
I remember reading an interview with the NYR goalie coach, who's name escapes me at the moment (Benoit Allaire maybe?) but is known as one of the best in the business, talking about Lundqvist's style of playing so deep as being a huge evolution in net in a league where so many goals no longer come from the "big shot", where cutting down the angle helps, but instead from deflections, redirects, and rebounds. All instances where being deeper in the net allows more reaction time, and allows a goalie to more solidify the lower portions of the net.
The key to Henrik's game isn't really that he's so deep, or covers the lower half so well… but that he remains so upright while in the butterfly, and is able to remove so much of the middle and upper portion of the net even while on his knees. Doesn't help much when a sniper rips a perfect shot, but Lundy's numbers prove that those shots happen a lot less often then others.
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