Goalies: ‘We Work Better in Pairs’

The Islanders find themselves in an interesting position. Their top goalie is down. Their backup goalie is down. And now, their backup backup goalie is suddenly stepping up big time.

On the heels of a 36 save performance against the Caps Monday night, backup backup goalie Yann Danis made 39 saves against the Ducks, giving the Isles a 2-1 win.

It certainly helped that Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was horrible, giving up two goals on seven shots in the first period. But Danis held the lead, and that’s something no one on the Islanders has really been able to do.

The Islanders are so up on Danis right now, they passed on claiming Pittsburgh goalie Dany Sabourin off of waivers. Also factoring into that decision is that backup starter Joey MacDonald is getting better quicker than the Islanders expected.

Last week, backup goalie Scott Clemmensen, who’s starting for the Devils while Martin Brodeur is out, spoke both about the value of a decent backup in the NHL and how it’s a role that not enough GMs take seriously.

I don’t see how any NHL GM can look at what happened to the Islanders and not consider some kind of goalie succession plan. The Islanders were hit especially hard because they’re not a very strong team upfront, but it’s still a cautionary tale for the rest of the NHL.

Mike Heika says a few people around the NHL are starting to buy into the two-goalie concept (scroll down).

Also, the question of the week via Dave Molinari’s Q&A column: Is Sidney Crosby past his prime?

Someone tell Crosby to take off his Hawaiian shirt and put away the sunscreen: the honeymoon in Pittsburgh is officially over.