Entries with the tag: jacques plante
Talk about pressure. You are the starting goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has an unbelievable history of producing great netminders such as Georges Vezina, Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, Ken Dryden and of course, Patrick Roy. This weekend, you are the starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference All-Star team at the Bell Center in Montreal. Not only that, but 16 years ago, Roy was the starting goalie for the Wales Conference at the Montreal Forum and later that same season, won the Stanley Cup.
Do you think that current Canadiens’ and now all-star netminder Carey Price is feeling the pressure? Well, if he is, he’s certainly not showing it as the 21-year-old masked man is having a fine season for Les Canadiens. In 27 games this season, he has 16 wins, a 2.35 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and one shutout. Not bad for someone who has the ghosts of past Canadien teams looking down at him.
Price also went into the break on somewhat of a role as he won three out of his last four games and in those games has a goals against of 2.00, certainly not a bad way to go into the grueling second half of the season, a half that could determine just how far the Habs will be willing to go come spring time. Again, you think Price has a lot of pressure?!
When it comes to goaltenders in the National Hockey League, a few names come to mind: Jacques Plante, Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito, Johnny Bower, Grant Fuhr, Dominik Hasek, etc.
However, in the minds of most hockey fans, only two names really stand out above the rest: Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur.
Instead of rambling on about how great these two netminders are on the night that Patrick Roy gets his number retired in Montreal, I figured I would make this open forum for you folks and you can cooment on who you think is better.