If all of Hanks goals were 5-hole, I'd buy the pads argument, but, just, no.
You want to tell me that the pads are messing with his angles as far as controlling rebounds? THAT I might believe
Eh, he's always had horrible rebound control.
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Lundqvist has a bad stretch of games and all the haters and critics come out to talk about how overrated the most consistent NHL goalie for almost a decade is.
It will be nice when he is standing on his head again and people crawl back in to their holes. I know how Devils fans felt now when jealous people took any opportunity to **** all over Broduer and attempt to downplay his skill.
At least we have other team fans saying it's not the pads
I'd like to be the 2nd Devils fan on this page to agree it's not the pads.. Hank is a world-class goalie and to say a few inches of padding makes this much of a difference is just disrespecting his skill level.. He will be back to top form shortly, sometimes goalies just struggle a bit
Someone called it. The thread title invited other teams fans to think they were right about Hank's pads being too big
In what absolutely retarded way has the smaller pads been the problem? He let in what? 1 5-hole goal?
Isles fan coming in peace.
Here's the short explanation of why the pads *may* well be affecting his play (for now).
A shooter has 5 targetted areas to shoot at: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right and of course the 5-hole. For HL, the 5 Hole has been virtually eliminated in prior years, allowing him to focus and process a shooter's angles as relates to the other 4 targets primarily. Now he needs to adjust to that 5th target area being more available to the shooter and it's going to take time to fully adjust. It affects his reaction to all shots.
I think we all know he'll be able to make that adjustment. It may never be as easy as it was with the larger pads, but he isn't going to look so out of place and it won't take that long, either.
Wait people are blaming the first three goals of the SJ game on him? You can't be serious people... Go play some hockey. I was watching the SJ feed and even their announcers were saying that they couldn't blame Hank for the goals he let in.
You know who should be really nervous? The Swedish National Team.