After a brutal start to the season, Peter Budaj was named one of the Three Stars of the Week after going 3-0 with a 94.1 saver percentage. Compare these numbers to his first three games: 0-3 with 4.37 goals against average and, best of all, a 82.4% save percentage. Maybe, just maybe, the Avs have hope.
List of the Top Five in three NHL goalie categories for Week 3. Each goalie’s highlight reel is linked next to their name.
With two shutouts in the last three nights, Boston’s Tim Thomas climbs the latter and leads in save percentage and is second to Buffalo’s Ryan Miller on Goals Against Average. Heck of a week for Thomas…
1. T. Thomas (BOS) – 94.3% http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8460703
2. M. Smith (TB) – 94.2% http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8469608
3. R. Miller (BUF) – 94.0% http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8468011
4. M.A. Fleury (PIT) – 93.3% http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8470594
5. C. Price (MTL) – 93.2% http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8471679
Goals Against Average
1. R. Miller (BUF) – 1.60
2. T. Thomas (BOS) – 1.77
3. H. Lundqvist (NYR) – 1.99 http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8468685
4. C. Price (MTL) – 2.06
5. M. Smith (TB) – 2.11
1. H. Lundqvist (NYR) – 7
2. N. Backstrom (MIN) – 6 http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8473404
3. E. Nabokov (SJ) – 6 http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8460705
4. R. Miller (BUF) – 5
5. M. Brodeur (NJ) – 5 http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8455710
Top Ten Saves of the Week by the NHL Network. Two beauties from both Craig Anderson (Florida) and Ryan Miller (Buffalo). Six other pieces of work from Conklin, Halak, Loungo, Turco, Ellis, and Leclaire.
Can a goalie actually be as quick a cat? Kozlig, Ovie, and a motion-capturing system find out.
Carey Price makes a remarkable save during a preseason game against the Wings that could be better than any save made for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. This is all about the will to not be beat, something all goalies need to have regardless of their ability to duplicate a save like this one.
Truly a great save.
Loungo, Lehtonen, Thomas, Toskala, Bryzgalov, Osgood, Cujo, Turco, Conklin, and a beauty of a glove save from Niittymaki.
Video of a warm-up each goalie should do before they take the ice for a game to get the legs, hand, and mind ready.