Re: Henrik Lundqvist
posted at 5/27/2013 1:45 PM EDT
I realize Im on Double-Secret Probation Lifetime Suspension from commenting on the B's, but as one of the few people around here that actually played goal someplace, I can't not comment on this goaltending discussion any longer. (no that doesn't mean my opinion means any more than anyone else's)
- Yes, goaltenders occasionally hotdog a save up, often to get their teams and their fans going. Most goaiies know the difference between the occasional extra bit of mustard for motivational purposes and doing it too much. Goalies that Patrick Roy or Doug Favell it out there lose credibility very quickly.
It's really not much different than some things other players do to get people/teammates into it (Lucic waving his arms to the crowd/bench after beating up Komaserek?) Not exactly the same, but you get the idea. Yes Ive done it, most goalies will admit doing it at some point in every playing level of the game.
And, no, no, no I would not defend a goalie for hotdogging just because he's a goalie. I hate that Statue of Liberty stuff.
- However, my personal opinion is this- when I saw Lundqvist at real time/real speed make that save on Lucic, as a goalie I was impressed by his LACK of hotdogging it. He could have posed for a sec after the save but didnt even do that. That save was amazingly quick and smooth and fluid, moving the glove rather than waiting and the full circular motion was clearly due to the momentum of his arm and the momentum/weight/trajectory of the puck. He never stopped his motion, which is usually the sign that a save is "acted up."
I went back to NHL.com and looked at it again before I made this post, and I still feel this way. At full speed I'm amazed at the control and lack of unnecessary motion he handles that save with. The camera angle in slow motion from behind the net makes it look like he poses a bit, but he does not in real speed. He brings it to a full circle in a continuous motion and holds it in front of him, not in the air in a pose.
Again, my opinion is not worth any more than anyone else's but on that single save, as a goalie that's played a lot, I'm going to say again that I was impressed by the lack of unnecessary posing done on it.
OK, resume flaming me but that's 1 more goalie's view.