Looking back at it, that horrible moment in the Olympics 2002, how do you feel about Salo?
I never blamed Salo for what happened. Sure he had a bad game, no doubt, but he wasn't alone. It was a bad game by most players and they all deserve to take part in the blame. The headlines about Salo in the newspapers were just ridiculous and over the top.
Salo deserves to be remembered as the best Swedish goalie in the era between Lindberg and Lundqvist and the hero of 1994, not as the guy who let in that one goal.
Salo was the best goalie we had at the time, sure, he had an awful game, but it was a team loss. The entire team played awful, the same team that made the eventual champions, Canada, look like they didn't know what they were doing.
I think what sealed the deal with Salo's shamefilled legacy however was the 5 goals he let by him in the quarterfinal of 2003 against Finland. When Salo heads to the bench to get swapped out for Tellqvist and gives him the tap on the pads, that's the end of his career to me.
Yeah, always been annoyed by how much crap he got for that game, when it was the whole team that played awful. The game is pretty blurry to me as I never rewatched it, but I vaguely remember him making a big save a little while before the infamous goal and I thought to myself "WTF is the defense doing today?". So he was far from alone.
I will always remember him for the Olympic gold in 1994 and his two shutouts in the 2-game final against Finland in the 1998 World Championship. Not sure if I would put him as the best between the Lindbergh and Lundqvist era (Pekka Lindmark comes to mind), but he's probably top 3 and was for a while the only Swedish goalie to follow in the NHL.