Washington's D is horrendous, but I don't think they're totally to blame for the season Kolzig's having. He's letting in some horrible goals all on his own.
there is a mental outlook component to kolzig's current mess. a lot of kolzig's games this year have looked like the last game against detroit.
1st goal against: draper on a wide open slap shot from the face circle dot. far too close for any goalie to move to make a save. be square and play the percentages and hope it hits you. it went in.
2nd goal against: a terrible breakdown that allowed datsyuk alone 10 ft out on Kolzig's right with Shanahan alone at the post to Kolzig's right.
Kolzig must play the shot and the pass to shanahan was a tap in goal.
3rd goal against: Kolzig makes a save to his left. The defense loses the fight for the puck which is passed cross ice in front of the crease. Doig, trying to intercept and clear the pass, misplays it and puts it in his own net. 3-1 Detroit.
4th goal against: Williams on a breakaway. Kolzig forces him to deke and cuts off his shot til he has no angle, but then the puck is shot from behind the goal and banked off the Kolzig's shoulder and in. soft goal.
The problem with the Caps defense is often not the number of failures that they have. its the nature of the failures. often complete collapes.
2 on 0's. you might see one of them a year. Kolzig might have seen one every couple of weeks.
Against Boston, Eminger trying to help put a puck in his own net by mistake. the next game Doig does the same thing. Gonchar put a cross rink pass that should have gone behind the net, thru the crease and it banked off kolzig's skates and in the net.
In the Post this morning scouts from other teams say Kolzig's body language shows him a beaten man. THAT is the reason for the soft goals. Being unable to cope with team shooting the puck at him, with them going off for a change with the opposition holding the puck at center ice. With inexperienced players screening him in a way the veterans he is used to playing with havent screened him in 8 years.
with him playing on an utterly losing team for the first time in his career.
a team where he only real chance they have to win is for him to stand on his head night after night.
On paper its deceiving. Many ask this exact question. How can a team with Jagr, Lang, Bondra, Gonchar and Kolzig be in last place? Sounds hard to imagine, until you realize that after those guys there is Halpern and Grier and Zubrus...Witt when he is not injuried and not one of the other 10 or 12 players on the roster can be described as a proven NHL player. All the rest are marginal players with some experience(miller, battaglia), prime prospects still wet behind the ears(eminger, semin, gordon, sutherby) all players that would not be in the NHL on a complete team, and some are marginal players with limited experience and ability, doig, kiwi, willsie, berry, gruden, whitfield.
Kolzig can look up the ice from his net and often see no more than one true NHL player on the ice in front of him and Joe Thornton or Ziggy Palffy coming his way. When did that happen ?? Last year he was the goalie on a real team where Sergei Berezin had to play on the 4th line when everyone was healthy. This year...who are those guys?