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A Look At Henrik Lundqvist And Ben Bishop Heading Leading Up To Game 6

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

"It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It goes up and down," Lundqvist said. "You just have to deal with it the best you can, deal with the pressure you put on yourself, expectations you have on you. It just comes down to keeping your focus on what you need to do -- that’s it. Don’t focus on too many other things, especially things you can’t control."

Bishop’s calmness should be bottled and sold over the counter as a sleeping drug.

"You’ve got to treat it like the regular season," he said. "When you play 60-whatever games, you’re going to have some good ones, you’re going to have some bad ones. You’re going to have some unlucky ones, you’re going to have some lucky ones. It’s kind of the same in the playoffs. You can’t put too much emphasis on one game. ... You just can’t look at it in a real short window. You’ve got to look at it big picture, and that’s a big thing. If you treat it like the regular season, where there’s going to be good games and bad games, it’s easier to move on."

What allows two quality goaltenders to remain so calm in a situation such as this?

"It doesn’t get any easier," one NHL goalie coach said. "Certainly, the pressure surrounding the games ramps up as you go through the rounds. In a lot of ways, the game’s almost a little bit easier because everybody is so attentive to blocking shots, picking up your checks, making good, hard plays."

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DocF's avatar

Both of these guys have serious flaws.  Lundqvist, in my opinion, plays way too deep in his net.  He insists on being so deep his butt is behind the goal line.  This makes it more difficult for him to be square to shooters who are angling in from the boards or are doing a wrap around.

Biship is slow, both afoot and in his thought processes.  He is very vulnerable to second and third shots and that is the way to beat him. 

Both of these guys are apt to give up rebound goals more so than many other first rate goalies.  Neither of them seems to progress from these bad habits.  Oh well.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 05/26/15 at 12:44 PM ET

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