Thursday, April 16, 2009

Goaltenders Lived Up to Expectations in Game 1

Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline says that unfortunately for Capitals fans Jose Theodore and Henrik Lundqvist lived up to their expectations last night...

On Theodore...

"The southpaw goalie was the biggest question mark for the heavily favored Eastern Conference second seed coming into these playoffs, with the general consensus being that Theodore could be the only thing standing between the Caps and a legitimate Stanley Cup run. Unfortunately, he did nothing to assuage those fears with a miserable night that not only put Washington behind the eight ball, but cost the Caps the home ice advantage they earned for this series."

On Lundqvist...

"That has to concern the Capitals. They executed their game plan well by penetrating the Rangers zone and creating the kind of offensive pressure they wanted, but Washington still came away empty handed because New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist lived up to his repuation. In other words, he was really good."

...if Theodore has another sub-par effort it my be enough for him to be benched for the rest of the series giving way to prized goalie prospect Simeon Varlamov. Could you imagine the Caps starting a rookie goalie in Game 3 at the Garden? Good luck kid.

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