NHL Goalies: ‘It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night’

Last night was a tough night for goalies.

Over in Buffalo, goalie Manny Legace was pulled less than six minutes into the game after giving up three goals on seven shots. Legace doesn’t seem worried, telling Jeremy Rutherford, “If I could tell you [why I had a bad game], I would never play awful…I’d never have a bad stretch in my career…I’d be making $100 million a year.” I don’t know if that would all be hockey money or if maybe he’d get some kind of stipend from a Fortune 500 company, or if Legace meant he’d be playing in the KHL.

Out in New Jersey, goalie Kevin Weekes was pulled, mostly as a show of mercy, as the Devils took hundreds of penalties against the Rangers. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw such undisciplined Devils’ play. The loss of goalie Martin Brodeur for the next few months is going to be a test for the team. They have a huge lack of confidence without Brodeur available and it’s manifesting in boneheaded penalties. Weekes is a perfectly capable goalie, but not if his team in playing short-handed the whole time.

Down in North Carolina, Capitals goalie Brent Johnson left the game early with a tweaked hip. Johnson says he doesn’t think the injury is serious. Goalie Jose Theodore, who stepped in for Johnson, still remembers how to skate and goaltend, which was encouraging. I hope Johnson is OK because you have to love the story of a goalie who basically seemed completely washed-up five years ago clawing his way back to a starting job.