I don’t quite understand the Canadiens goalie situation. Last night, they started backup Jaroslav Halak over rookie Carey Price, presumably their future franchise goalie. Price has struggled in the playoffs, but he’s also had some great moments. In other words, he’s played like you would expect the average rookie goaltender to play in high-stakes games.
One would assume a rookie goalie, especially one playing in a fishbowl like Montreal and one whose last name isn’t Dryden or Roy, to have some growing pains in the playoffs. But if you’ve decided a rookie is going to be your franchise goalie, as the Habs seems to have decided, you need to let him work his way out of trouble.
It all makes Montreal’s trade deadline move of goalie Cristobal Huet to the Caps for a second-round pick all the more confusing. Why not hold onto the more experienced Huet so you have more of a safety net? Why not let Price experience the playoffs without everything on his shoulders? Why not give the team two serious goalie options?
It seems the Habs won’t have to deal with the goalie situation much longer, though. The Flyers, who can’t hold a lead, somehow have a 3-1 series lead.
Also, Flyers goalie Marty Biron grew up a huge, face-painting, season-ticket-holding Quebec Nordiques fan. So he’s really looking forward to knocking Montreal out of the playoffs. And I guess it’s a good thing Colorado won’t advance to the next round. I get the feeling Biron would just let Sakic score at will.
Also, San Jose stayed alive in the playoffs one more day. I love Ron Wilson’s new strategy: play flawless hockey and capitalize on every mistake you can. I’m curious if that’s sustainable over the next three games.
Speaking of San Jose, PJ at Sharkspage has had some beautiful shots of the San Jose side of the series. PJ also had a really nice interview with Victor Chi, formerly the Sharks beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News and now with Sportingnews.com. Among the many things Chi touches on is just how hard it is to play in the Western Conference, given ridiculous travel requirements.