The All-Purpose Bryz/Goaltending Thread #7
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01-28-2013, 09:39 AM
Hextall is a deity!
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And recycling Leighton is another of Holmgren's dumb moves.
Here is Meltzer's take on LOLeighton.....
Once again....not sure how many chances Leighton is going to get to constanly prove he is NOT NHL material...
Wonder if Clement, Coatsey and JJ are going to come on here and apologize for Leighton like they did in last night's telecast....
As for the goaltending, what can I say? Leighton did not look like an NHL goaltender last night.
His reaction times were too slow, the angles weren't sufficiently covered, the rebounds went directly into the slot. In his defense, it should be added that there were a couple deflections and numerous coverage breakdowns in front of him.
The Flyers weren't going to win regardless of the goaltending because they were outplayed in every facet of the game.
But Leighton did very little to give the team a chance to regain its equilibrium. Even his saves looked awkward and off-balance; hardly something to inspire confidence in his teammates that he could erase defensive mistakes.
In fairness to Leighton, the conditions going into the game were far from ideal for him. He was going to need his fair share of help, especially in the early going of the game. Last night was his first game action of any kind since his final AHL start (April 14, 2012) of last season, first NHL game since a disastrous appearance in Game 6 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Buffalo and first NHL regular season game since Dec. 20, 2010 (a 7-4 win over Los Angeles).
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