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12-22-2005, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Brad
That's not really true. The only goal in which Niittymaki himself was not to blame was the third goal. I wouldn't exactly call the first two he let in "soft," but they were both goals which he could have stopped.

On the Chara goal, it was an un-screened and un-touched point shot. Yes, Chara has a heavy shot and sometimes those go in, but with no deflection and no traffic in front, that is a save he makes most of the time.

The second goal was the "worst." As soon as it happened, Ottawa's broadcasters on Sportsnet immediately commented on how Niittymaki should have covered the puck. I agree with them. There was a shot from in close, and he just let it go. He couldn't control it. One of Niittymaki's strengths is his ability to coral the puck, and he simply flubbed it right there. Had he held it, there would have been no goal.

Frank didn't play poorly, but to say he was "amazing" or any of the other adjectives that have been used is a bit dishonest IMO. He had a "Robert Esche night." He made some good looking saves, but looked out of place on others.
hard to say about that 2nd goal. In Nitty's defense, there was certainly a lot of chaos around him and in situations like that, it can be easy to lose track of the puck.

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