Over in Chicago, they’re running poor goalie Jocelyn Thibault into the ground. He’s only missed four games this season.
It would be easier to rest Thibault if Chicago had any kind of reliable back-up (the tight-fisted Hawks probably won’t go for the recently waived Tom Barrasso, either).
It’s extra risky playing Thibault so hard because of his tendency to break down late in the season. Coach Brian Sutter says he’s working hard to rest Thibault, but unless he actually gives him time out of the net, it’s probably not going to work.
As far as I can tell there’s really only one active goalie who thrives on abuse and that’s New Jersey’s own Martin Brodeur. The more he plays, the better he gets. I hope Chicago doesn’t have confused Thibault with Brodeur.