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Congradulations you ********, it looks like you guys have finally got yourself a goaltender.


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Congradulations you ********, it looks like you guys have finally got yourself a goaltender.

It's actually "congratulations, say it right,now.

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Oh, don't worry - Brodeur will still be around for another 5 years or so.

Esche still needs to improve his rebound control.

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he's turning into a very good goaltender. Hopefully, he just keeps getting better over time. Competitions like this & the playoffs, will help elevate him into the top tier of goalies in the league.

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Thanks Lou.

Esche really surprised me yesterday. Just so cool and collected, he really is letting Marty know that there will be competition for bragging rights. But hold off a little Eschey, let me cheer for Marty while I still can!

GO CANADA!!!

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His only knock is those damn rebounds. Philly has always been good at clearing away the second shot but he needs to improve there. When he does look out.

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Thanks Lou.

Esche really surprised me yesterday. Just so cool and collected, he really is letting Marty know that there will be competition for bragging rights. But hold off a little Eschey, let me cheer for Marty while I still can!

GO CANADA!!!
Cheer for Marty... sounds too weird!!!

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There were so many great saves, but the best was the left leg kick on the Iginla chance. What a pass by Sakic, but Esche was just a bit too quick. Save of the night...

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His only knock is those damn rebounds. Philly has always been good at clearing away the second shot but he needs to improve there. When he does look out.
I'm sure that Lemelin is working with him on those rebounds.

Chico was great last night. His save on Iginla's chance was brilliant, as well as that rebound chance where he lunged forward after the rebound and caught the second chance with a great glove save.

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I think the only thing that has me really worried about him as a goalie, is a trend that I see developing: Your best penalty-killer is your goalie. Last night 2 goals. Against the Lightning. Who knows how many PP goals?

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I think the only thing that has me really worried about him as a goalie, is a trend that I see developing: Your best penalty-killer is your goalie. Last night 2 goals. Against the Lightning. Who knows how many PP goals?
your best PK'er is your goalie, but our PK was absolutely dreadful in that series due to the injuries on the blue-line, just had no depth back there. the lightning also got some absolutely filthy shooting out of richards, and some great deflections. they were hot on the PP, it happens.

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I think the only thing that has me really worried about him as a goalie, is a trend that I see developing: Your best penalty-killer is your goalie. Last night 2 goals. Against the Lightning. Who knows how many PP goals?
Well, the 2nd PP should have been blown dead about 20 secs earlier and Team USA wasn't PKing very effectively, same thing against the Bolts, they were moving the puck around at will and setting up great chances, some blame for that has to go to the skaters as well.

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There were so many great saves, but the best was the left leg kick on the Iginla chance. What a pass by Sakic, but Esche was just a bit too quick. Save of the night...
That was an awesome save by Esche!
Future sure looks good for us!

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I think the only thing that has me really worried about him as a goalie, is a trend that I see developing: Your best penalty-killer is your goalie. Last night 2 goals. Against the Lightning. Who knows how many PP goals?
If the Flyers are healthy their PK is way better than Team USA's. This really shouldn't be a concern.

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I know it shouldn't be a concern, and having not seen the Canada-USA game I can't say how he really played on the Penalty Kill, but I want to see him come up with the really big save on the penalty kill. The save when it is needed. I mean come on guys, this is about as picky as I can get with his play. If he is going to be an elite goalie, and not just a good goalie, he needs to come up with these saves.

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If the Flyers are healthy their PK is way better than Team USA's. This really shouldn't be a concern.
Hitch said in his meeting w/ the season ticketholders, was to improve the PK. He expects it to be a top 5 unit, with a rating in the 90%. He said PK wins games in the playoffs, more so than the PP., so it's the #1 priority for the upcoming season.

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The Sakic goal was a deflection off a skate with a decent screen in front. The PK goals are a concern, but how is he supposed to make a save on a shot when 5 players are standing between the shooter and the goal when the shot hits a skate and changes direction 3/4 the way to the net. Those kind of goals aren't really anything to worry about. If he starts getting beat cleanly on a consistent basis, then I'll start to worry.

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