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03-30-2013, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Dekar View Post
Microcosm: in Boston, our goaltender won the shootout for us by stopping everything through 6 rounds. Most goalies won't do that any night and it was nice that it happened to our goalie for one uncommon time it'll happen this season. If Budaj had allowed one goal in an earlier round and we lost, the loss would not be on him since he only allowed one goal, but it would be on the guys who couldn't score one for us.

This is the problem with many Price-bashers here. They don't understand this analysis.
The problem with a lot of other fans is that they expect the bare minimum from Price and consider that to be elite goaltending. Some of us say that performances like Budaj's in the 3rd and in the SO should happen more regularly with Price, at least before he's annointed as a top 5 goalie in the NHL.

But you are right that if Budaj had allowed a goal at some point in an earlier round it wouldn't have been "his fault". At some point you just expect your goalies to make difficult saves they shouldn't make to win games though. The more of a cap hit they have the more you should expect it from them.

But I guess this is a bit what bothers me with Price is that he has great technique and a good frame. His style is mostly to wait for the puck to hit him. He's the furthest thing from a reflex goalie and it makes him look bad when the other team's shooters are hot.

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