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by Paul on 04/15/09 at 11:34 AM ET
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
Of all the concerns surrounding the Capitals’ feasibility as a real contender—maturity, toughness, the psychological wound from being one-and-done against the Philadelphia Flyers a year ago—No. 1 is Theodore’s inconsistency. It’s why the Rangers have just one on-paper advantage heading into this series—Henrik Lundqvist in goal.
Again, Theodore doesn’t have to be what Arturs Irbe was to San Jose 15 years ago; that otherworldly goalie, making out-of-body experiences a reality on ice.
But more than even a hard-checking opponent or a stingy goalie across the ice, Theodore can stop Ovie and a hungry Capitals team from going as far as they want to this postseason. If they have real designs on Lord Stanley, it’s up to the guy in goal. This postseason is on him.
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