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02-25-2013, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bohlmeister View Post
He relies on the teams defense. He plays so deep in his net that if anyone has a clear lane and any time they can beat him. Tonight, and most of this season, he has really looked out of sorts. He did make some amazing saves last year, but most of the games I watched this season he hasn't been at the same level.
I think part of it may have been just shaking off the rust, and part of it may be another concussion. Can't believe what Andrew Shaw did to him--that should be 10 games. You don't run a goalie like that.

It was a concussion that derailed Smith's career in Tampa. It's more than just a good defensive system in front of Smith--Sean Burke did for Smith what Allaire did for Burke, change his style to best take advantage of his big frame. He may not be on the level of the Brodeurs and Lundqvists of the league, but he's a very good netminder.

If he can recover, I think he'll be fine, but it's tough for a goalie to bounce back from a concussion, if that's what it is.

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