Wings goalie Chris Osgood gives great tips for goalies on what they need to do before and during a shot on net. As he says, there are a number of things the goalie needs to analyze as the shot is being taken for a save to be made.
Weekly best of the best from the NHL playoffs.
There’s a Top 10 list for everything and NHL goalies making saves with their sticks is no exception.
TSN rates the best including an unbelievable save from Curtis Joseph against the Avalanche in the 1998 Stanley Cup Round 1 Game 7 contest (your truly was there and still remembers that save like it was yesterday). Joseph’s save came in the 2nd period with the Oilers leading 1-0 and totally deflated the Avs who had been shutout by Joseph since early in Game 5. Oilers won Game 7 3-0 after the Avs led the series 3-1. Definitely this save should rank higher than #7.
Carey Price’s save from the 2008-09 preseason against the Wings ranks #3. Simply this Top 10 is robbing Carey Price just as much as he robbed the Wings.
All of these saves are made in desperation and are a result of the required mentality of any successful goalie: the “never-die” attitude which was personified by Curtis Joseph back in 1998 when he shut down the Avs in Games 5-7 and making the brilliant save featured in the TSN Top 10.
Another good drill video from Alenxander Goaltending – good warm-up drill before hitting the ice. Make sure you execute the drill as you would in making a save on the ice so you reinforce the correct mechanics – trapper hand first and watch the ball come all the way into your body.
Mathieu Garon, now with the Pittsburgh Pens, and his flexibility – an important part of his game as it should be with all goalies. All serious goalies should stretch every day both during the on- and off-seasons.
Another great drill for all goalies to utilize off-ice. This wil significantly improve your hand-eye coordination. Make sure your eyes are following the ball into your hand just like when you’re on the ice and watching the puck come all the way into your body while making a save.
To be good, you have to work on the little things. The Crown Push Drill is a simple drill that if done correctly will lead to better on-ice movement.