justhockey31 wrote:philswfc2008 wrote:justhockey31 wrote: Haha seriously! I kind of feel bad for you tho because you may have the worst goaltending in the playoffs and as a former goalie its tough to watch
Perhaps but...(and not to derail this thread too much), in the "new" NHL, you don't necessarily need a big-name, stud goalie anymore to win the Cup. Antti Niemi proved that without a shadow of a doubt last year. Think of some other goalies on Cup-winning teams in recent years...Fleury, Osgood, Ward. None of them I would classify as "elite".
Having said that, except for part of the first period in Game 5, Brian Boucher was very solid in net in the last series. If he keeps it up, we'll be fine - although Boston will be very, very tough. Of course, if Boucher falls back to Earth, and the goaltending carousel starts spinning again, we could be in big trouble
I agree with that especially since Philly is so gifted offensively however, we can all admit that the Sabres were not much besides their goaltending and that took the series to 7. Boucher needs to play very well when you guys run in to Boston (top goalie), or Washington (average goalie - great offense), TB (Roloson is playing well, great forwards) etc. Plus, I actually thought Niemi played great for you guys. I could literally talk NHL playoffs all day because I love it so much but I'm guessing the thread should get back on track...any word from the WL lately? Yesterday seemed oddly quiet after the movement on Wednesday.
Niemi was on Chicago (you might have been thinking of Michael Leighton, who was our goalie in the Finals last year). But I agree with your other points. Boston will be tough to beat, even if Boucher is playing well. And WSH and TB are scary for respective reasons (the Capitals seem like the real deal this year).
To get the thread back on track haha...I'm sure the WL will ebb and flow. I'm sure some days a bunch of people will get in off of it, and others days, it will be silent. Best of luck to those still on the WL though! (Even if you are a Sabres fan!)