Game 34: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville *****cats | 3-28-13 | 5PM MST
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03-28-2013, 05:20 PM
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Barbs in net signifies their intentions. If you were trying to win, you'd put Johnson in on a back-to-back.
Agreed. I have no idea whether Johnson's a better goalie, but Labarbera's record speaks for itself: his presence in net removes all confidence from the team. The players obviously feel they can't win with him back there. You can tell by the panicky defense, too - everybody's trying to make sure no puck makes it to the net, which leads to terrible mistakes.
At least, with Smith the strategy is consistent: get the rebounds, clear the slot, and let him see the shots. With Labarbera, all bets are off.
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