Price Working on His Gloves – Example of How It Should Be Done

July 16, 2011

In today’s NHL, there is no better techincally perfect goaltender than Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. No one is better…

In light of Thursday’s on-ice session where we worked on controlling the puck with both catcher and blocker, I thought I would post two video sessions of Price in practice for the goalies to observe.



Few simple, yet vital, things to watch for as Price makes saves with both gloves-

1. Knees remain bent

2. Gloves are in-front of his body

3. Price watches the puck from shot release into his gear to where he has deflected to.

With regards to the blocker, notice he is simply rotating his wrist to the right and each puck is deflected into the corner. By just allowing the puck to make contact with the blocker while simply rotating the wrist eliminates a potential rebound and scoring opporuntity.

Moving on to playing games, below are two glove saves by Price that are remarkable-

Those are awesome but not sure they are as good as the save below which may be the best save in the history of the game…. holy moly this is amazing (particuarly since it was made in the pre-season against the Wings three years ago)…


The Importance of Stick Placement

August 7, 2010

Goalies of all ages, including in the NHL, can be sloppy with their stick placement on breakaways and other attacks at the net. Keeping the stick between the legs, known as the 5-hole, is a very simple concept but is hard to execute properly on a consistent basis.

The video below is a great review of the importance stick placement. The narrator (known as, apparently, the “Goalie Guru”), although a tad bit sanctimonious in criticizing Roberto Loungo, has several great points in explaining a skill many goalies, including NHL, struggle with.

As we always say on the ice with our goalies, the importance of stick placement cannot be stressed enough. Make it a habit to lead with the stick and cover the 5-hole. Your movement around the net will improve as will your save percentage. As with everything else, details matter!

Amazing Save – Now That is Thinking

August 3, 2008

Steve Mason, signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets makes an unbelievable save thanks to his remarkable decision-making and quick feet. Could be the smartest save I have ever seen. Thanks to Chris Jackson for showing this to me.[

Stanley Cup Game 5 Goalie Recap

June 4, 2008

4-3 Penguins improbable win in 3OT. Shots were 58-32 for Detroit. Series is 3-2 for the Wings with Game 6 in Pittsburg tomorrow night.


Below is commentary on both goalies with video. I apologize in advance for commercials when links are selected.




32 shots, 28 saves.


After playing strong in the first four games, Chris Osgood stumbled a bit in Game 5. Actually, he played pretty well but in the playoffs a goalie needs to outplay the other guy at the other end of the ice.  That did not happen and it cost the Wings.


First period was a bit rough for the Wings goalie facing seven shots and only stopping five. Osgood rebounded in the 2nd and 3rd until the Pens scored with 35 seconds left. In OT periods, the Pens had several great chances and finally scored on a PP in the 3rd OT to secure the win.


A few of the saves from the game-


Gets a piece of the puck with heavy traffic in front –

Great tracking and rebound control on Malkin in the first OT –

Second OT save with rebound placement in the corner –


Goal 1,3,415&event=DET359

Osgood played this situation by being low and square to the puck after it is passed to Hossa. Unfortunately a Wings defenseman became a screen and sight of the puck was lost by Osgood so he dropped down in attempt to get a look. Hossa moved the puck from backhand to forehand and by the time Osgood saw this, it was too late. Hossa shot for the far post and beat Osgood.  


Goal 2,3,415&event=DET87

This is a bad luck goal due to Wings defenseman Kronwall shooting the puck towards the corner to get it out of harms way. But (and a very big but…) the puck hit Adam Hall’s skate and deflected into the net before Osgood knew what happened. Although there was no chance for Osgood to make the save off Hall’s skate, he could have done a better job playing the puck coming out-of-the-corner with Hall. The puck cannot get through the crease in this situation. Goalie must control that puck.


Of course, the scoring opportunity may never had happened if Franzen (#93) played Hall’s defensive side to prevent the rush to the net. Also, Filppula (#51) did not turn away and head back up ice as Hall broke free from Franzen in the corner.


Goal 3

This goal, with 35 seconds left in the 3rd period, was a case of leaving the post too quickly. Appears Osgood thought the pass from the boards was heading to Malkin and left the post to get to the middle of the net. The goalie may not have noticed Talbot behind the net that intercepted the pass and put on net and then got the rebound.


Goal 4

Power Play goal in the 3rd overtime wins the game. Pass from behind the net to an open Sykora who beats Osgood under the crossbar. Osgood got off the post to the top of the crease for the shot but got beat by a great shot.


In the end, Osgood played a decent game but it was not good enough. Maybe game 6?





58 shots, 55 saves.


Very hard to argue this was not Fleury’s finest game in his NHL career. He was simply awesome making several big-time saves both in regulation time and, more importantly, overtimes. For the Pens to extend the series Fleury had to outplay Osgood and he did with a huge exclamation point.


Here are a few of his better saves.


Full extension across his crease on a 2-1 in the 2nd period that he saves with his toe. Big time save!! –,3,415&event=DET393


May have been headed wide, but the glove save sure looks great –,3,415&event=DET614


Huge save with screen to bail out poor defensive play by Gill –,3,415&event=DET625


Two shots against ending with strong movement allowing body to be square to the shot and easily cradle into body to prevent third chance –,3,415&event=DET822


Trouble controlling shot from Zetterberg leads to luck break leads to laying body across net to smoother rebound. The move from Zetterberg cost the Wing a penalty against – although he knocked into Fleury, this was a brutal call.,3,415&event=DET848


Fantastic glove save in 2nd OT especially since Draper was right on his doorstep to the glove side. Only superior concentration allowed for this save –,3,415&event=DET402


Goal 1,3,415&event=DET359

Jordan Staal (#11) is a bit lazy at the blue line and does not get the puck. Helm controls it and may have attempt pass to Hudler crashing the far post. Puck hits Pens defenseman Skuderi and is redirected through Fleury’s pads as he moves over to face Hudler. Bad luck goal that happens to all goalies. Still, better stick placement in front of pads makes a save.


Goal 2,3,415&event=DET620

Power play goal in the 3rd to tie the game at 2. Set PP play with redirect in the slot puts puck past Fleury. Great goal by a very good PP unit.


Goal 3,3,415&event=DET629

Little over two minutes after the Wings second goal they score again on a give-a-way by the Pens defense. Pass from the corner to a streaking Rafalski who shoots as traffic is skating by Fleury. Shot to Rafalski’s far side goes right past Fleury as he is moving over to face shooter. Nothing the goalie could do on this play.


Game Six is Wednesday night. Can Fleury build on his Game 5 performance and further his reputation as a “big-time” goalie or will Osgood shut the door on the series?


Stanley Cup Game 4 Goalie Recap

June 1, 2008

Wings win 2-1 to take 3-1 lead in the series. Cup most likely raised Monday night in Detroit.

Below is commentary on both goalies with video. I apologize in advance for commercials when links are selected.


23 shots, 22 saves.

Chris Osgood played another outstanding game in the series – a near flawless outing shutting Pittsburgh’s attack down. Big pressure game was answered with confidence and calmness. As typical throughout the series, vast majority of saves looked routine.

A few of the saves-

Three save flurry beginning with Crosby breaking through the defense and two rebounds –

Rebound control could be better but he stops both shots –

A tremendous opportunity for the Pens with Crosby by himself in front of the net but Ozzie made the save with no rebound –

Great save with 5 seconds left to preserve one-goal win –

Goal One

Power play goal against.  Initial shot comes from the point with traffic in front of the net. Osgood makes a good pad save although puck ends up on Marian Hossa’s stick to Osgoods glove side. Hossa fools Osgood in thinking he is taking the puck behind the net but then stuffs it short-side in the goal. This was a great play by Hossa and Osgood can’t be blamed too much for this goal. He was just beginning to move towards the far post when Hossa put it in the net.

I believe Osgood could have done better on the goal by sealing off the post with his skate – the skate actually ends up outside the post so there was a gap between the leg and post. He may have been trying to get his pad close to the puck to eliminate Hossa flipping it over the pad but, after watching several times, I’m not convinced that was Osgood’s intention.


30 shots, 28 saves.

Game Four gave Fleury the least amount of work than the rest of the series, based on shots, and he was very sharp through most of the game. But the game winning goal should have been stopped and now he and the rest of the Pens are down 3-1 going back to Detroit. A few of the saves-

Started the game well saving a blast from the point –,3,414

In the third, he showed us again he may have the fastest feet in the game –,3,414&event=PIT760

Goal One

It appears Fleury saw Lidstrom release the puck but then was screened so he could not track it all the way it. Problem is the puck deflected off Ryan Malone (#12) and it appears Fleury did not see the deflection so could not react to it.

Of course it never helps having your own defense screening you. I’m sure Fleury yelled at Gonchar to get out-of-the-way but it may have been too late.

Something all goalies should consider, use your stick or glove to bump your defense in the back side as you yell you are screened. But, make sure you drop the stick (or get the glove back in position) right back to the ice to cover the five hole. And, make sure to listen for the shot when you can’t see it.

Goal Two

This will be remembered as the goal that clinched the series for the Wings.

After Stuart makes a great play at the blue line to send the puck down low, Fleury appears surprised and does not move over to take the short-side angle away and the backhanded shot finds a way into the net.

This was a back-breaker. A weak goal breaking a tie in the third period. This should have been a save just like the puck should have made it out-of-the-zone.

Again, the series should be over Monday night. Maybe the Pens can do the same as Dallas did in the Conference Finals and win Game 5 in Mowtown but it seems unlikely.

Stanley Cup Game 3 Goalie Recap

May 29, 2008

Pens 3-2 win, Detroit leads series 2-1.

This was the most exciting non-overtime game I have seen in years. Each team carried the play for extended times (“ebbs and flows” as I call them) and both goalies had to make great saves. Crosby furthered his reputation as the face of the NHL with a 2 goal performance as his team was up against the wall. Being on NBC in primetime, the game should boost the NHL in the States.

Below is commentary on both goalies with video. I apologize in advance for commercials when links are selected.


23 shots, 21 saves.

Chris Osgood finally had to face the barrage from the Pens in Game 3 and the Pens broke through. Pittsburgh was buzzing all game long and finally put substantial pressure of Osgood and the Wings defense. For the most part, Osgood was up to the task but two of the three goals. Some of his saves-

Fantastic compusure in complete choas –,3,413&event=PIT56

Get’s a stinger on this Malkin shot while repeats the same aggressiveness as save at end of Game 1 –,3,413&event=PIT772

First time Osgood looked overwhelmed (watch after save) in the series –,3,413&event=PIT783,3,413&event=PIT786

Get’s help from the iron and then has to reach back to grab it –,3,413&event=PIT890 picture of the day taken during save link above – – GREAT PICTURE!

Goal One

The Pens finally began to place pressure on the Wings defense and it leads to the their first goal after a poor pass from Wings’ defenseman Stuart. Unfortunately the linked video does not replay the goal a few times like the other links because it would show Crosby’s shot hit Osgood’s glove and bounced between his legs into the net. Osgood is positioned well for but the puck hits his catch glove and drops into the net. This time of the year pucks have to be caught. But, considering it was the first goal allowed by Osgood in the first 137 minutes of the series, we’ll cut him a little slack.

Goal Two

Osgood gets caught by a bouncing puck while trying to kill a pk. He originally dropped to the knees to make a save but the puck was blocked andbouncing around the slot. Osgood choose to stay down, which was probably the right call. But, the puck bounced loose and Hossa, who was just above the top of the crease and open, put it on net. Save was made andCrosby (also untouched) was there on the side of the net for the rebound. Because Hossawas in tight, there was no chance for Osgood to control the initial shot nor Crosby’s rebound. This was a case of too many great offensive players around the net on a pp opportunity and inexperienced defenders trying to help the goalie.

Goal Three

This goal, the game winner, found Osgood in no-man’s land and he paid for it. The first save attempt (shot hit side of the net) was too aggressive andOsgood slid outside of the net. He should have directed his skate to the post to seal it off. But… he got a break when the puck hit the outside of the net. Next, he continued his aggressive technique in trying to poke check the puck away from Hall but missed. Unfortunately the poke check attempt caused him to lunge behind the goal line anda few feet to the outside of the post. The shooter, Hall, made the only play he could from behind the net and banked it off Osgood’s skates as he desperately tried to get back in the net. Love the aggressive nature of his save attempts (I feel too many goalies are not aggressive enough today) but it cost him on this play.


34 shots, 32 saves.

Game 3 was the first time MA has looked comfortable in the series and was named the 2nd Star of the Game. Maybe it is being back in Mellon arena in front of the Pens fans? Fleury has not lost in Pittsburgh throughout the playoffs and the last six games of the regular season (tv announcers were saying since before Thanksgiving – never mentioning he was out with the high ankle sprain for from early December until the last day of February). Whatever it was, he played a great game by making many of the saves look easy and did a fantastic job controlling rebounds.

Some of the saves-

Fantastic move off the post –,3,413&event=PIT79

Great toe saves –,3,413&event=PIT796

Great ability to keep control of the puck (under leg pad) –,3,413&event=PIT863

Great tacking ability after deflection before shot –,3,413&event=PIT878

PK save in last moments –,3,413&event=PIT1032

Like Ozzie, posts are Fleury’s best friend –,3,413&event=PIT1005

Goal One

Franzen (The Mule) makes an amazing play as he approaches Fleuryby going to his forehand as he enters the top of the crease androofs the puck behind Fleury. Amazing hands from Franzen. Fleury played it well and was positioned correctly for Franzen’s approach. It was just a great goal from the newest Wings star player.

One note, although Fleury was positionally sound, the Pens defenseman Scuderi did a poor job positionally that led to the scoring play. As Franzen approached Scuderi was much too far over towards to boards and got beat to the inside lane. If he played on the “inside” (defenseman’s outside shoulder lined up on forwards inside shoulder) of Franzen, chances are the puck would never had made it to the net.

As a goalie, you should always be talking to your defense (no idea if Fleury was) especially when they are out-of-position. The goalie should be yelling “INSIDE”, for example, which tells the D he is over-committed to the attacking player’s outside shoulder therefore giving-up the inside lane.

Goal Two

This was a weak goal that could have been a disaster for the Penguins because it brought the Wings within a goal with six minutes left in the game. Although the announcer guesses it was deflected off Oprik’s stick, it does not matter. The shot should have been saved. Fleury’s depth was correct but a drop to the knees, typical of butterfly goalies, allowed the puck to enter the net over the shoulder. Unacceptable.

Fleury has allowed a weak goal every game of this series and will cost the Pens the series if he allows them to continue. On the same note, it was the second time Fluery has been beat in the series from a long shot from the boards to his left.

But, it looks like they found a way… (

Again, it was a great game featuring a great goalie duel. It appears Pittsburgh has finally woke-up and the series should get even better. The teams have two days of rest before Saturday night’s Game 4. Can’t wait.

Top 10 All Time Stanley Cup Goals – What If They Actually Faced Today’s Goalies?

May 28, 2008

Being Stanley Cup time, TSN compiled the Top 10 Greatest Stanley Cup Goals of All Time. As well as being fun to watch, I thought posting it was warranted because I wanted everyone to watch the goalies, particularly the older footage from the ’70’s and ’80’s.

After watching, does anyone (for a second) think today’s goalies, with the butterfly and/or hybrid goaltending systems, would have allowed a goal on most of these? Not taking anything away from the offensive players, but the goaltending deserves scrutiny.

Goal-by-Goal Look-

#10 – Bob Frose – falls on his butt in an attempt to make the save. Wow. How about a simple movement to become square (term never used in ’85) and drop to the butterfly?

#9 – Mike Vernon – No type of style or system would neccessarily help a goalie in this example. The key is Vernon is too far oustide of his crease. We’ll always tell you to be aggressive when an attacking player is out-maned by defense, but, this was a bit extreme and poor judgement on Vernon’s part.

#8 – Bob Frose (again) – Where to begin on this one… maybe it was pad stack instead of a butterfly slide? Maybe it was his choice to not square up to the puck (again). Could even be the shaky movement from intial position to the pad stack? Basically it was all of the above in Frose’s glorious attempt at stopping the puck. Today, a simple move to become square to the shot and then saving the puck with the glove or chest would have done the job.

#7 – Billy Smith – it hurts me to bag on Smith. He may be my all-time favorite but this is the main reason the “kick save” never made it out of the ’80’s. Great shot, but, a drop into the butterfly or 1/2 butterfly would have sufficed.

#6 – Gerry Cheevers – I remember watching Gerry “Cheesy” Cheevers when I was a young kid but it has been a while. Let’s begin with depth, a concept Cheesy did not seem interested in as Robinson came flying down the rink. He is essentially 18 inches off the goal line on a semi-breakaway. Gerry, your team is looking for a save on this play and needs you at the top of the crease. Also, as Robinson is blowing by your defense, the team needs you to try and put your body between the puck and the net. I know chest and arm protection was minimal in the ’70’s but you needed to take one for the team on this shot. Today with the combination of vastly increased protection in pads along with the current goalie system of playing, the puck would never have found the back of the net.

#5 – Ron Hextall – 10 years ago this year. Hextall decided to simply drop to the ice hoping McCarty would lose the puck and/or skate into him. Considering the attacking player was Darren McCarty, it’s hard to blame Hextall. He, like the rest of the watching public, was probably astonished McCarty actually stickhandled past someone. But… today’s goalie is instructed to move with the attacking player and should have made the save. Although… let’s admit, seeing McCarty blow by anyone is “highlight reel” material.

#4 – Mikka Kiprusoff – the only goal in the Top Ten since the 1997 McCarty goal. Hmmm…. interesting. Sweet stickhandling in the corner from the great Vinny, but, the shot is routine and should have been saved. Kipper should have been better and, I’m sure, wanted this back.

#3 – Ed Belfour. Simply, this is Jagr at his best (and the clip did not even show the entire play from when Jagr originally got the puck). No system would stop a goalie’s jaw from hitting the ice after watching his defense look this foolish by an attacking Jagr. This could be the best individual (Jagr… really??) effort leading to a goal that has ever happened in the game of hockey.

 #2 – Jon Casey – what decent goalie today would play Mario like this??? Let’s go over the mistakes: 1. 5-hole wide open; 2. Showing Mario and the whole world your poke-check intentions while Mario is still 15′ away; 3. Actually trying to poke check the greatest 1-on-1 player of all. Answer, no one. Not just “no one” in the NHL. I mean NO ONE. This is not an argument for adaptation of implementing a goaltending system. This is a case of terrible goalie decision making.

#1 – Glenn Hall – The goal many consider the greatest of all-time regardless of time of year. Hall is standing up and then turns his right pad towards the boards and drops his left knee to make the save Did he just try to catch the puck his is legs?. This, shall we say, with all respect due to one of the best in history, is not how pucks are saved. Today, the goalie would have been in his crouch against the post and simply dropped to his knees (being square) to save the puck.

Ten goals considered the best in Stanley Cup history. I say at least seven would have been saved by any NHL goalie in the last ten years because goalies now use a discplined system implemented either when they were growing up and/or their full-time goalie coach.

And the NHL wants to increase scoring by reducing the size of the goalie pads again….

Yeah, that will work.