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Goalie Issues In SoCal

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Kings fans are lamenting the Ben Scrivens trade and pondering the potential of young Martin Jones.

It’s understandable, given the time of year. Every goal is over-analyzed, every loss magnified. And there’s been enough of both to call Quick’s play into question.

Outside of the first periods in Games 2 and 3, Quick has not been sharp. His positioning has been overly aggressive. His glove hand hasn’t been fast enough. His focus has been broken more than once by San Jose’s crease-crashing forwards.

Struggling? Sure. But you gotta dance with the one what brung ya....

You can read what you want into the coach’s decision to yank Andersen after Cody Eakin’s dagger — that felt like a move geared more toward waking up his team than stopping the bleeding — but Anaheim’s stopper wasn’t good enough last night. And when you’ve got options at hand like Boudreau does, they have to be weighed with the series at a tipping point.

If he truly believes that Andersen is suffering a crisis of confidence, then there’s no way Boudreau can come back with him in Game 5.

But is Hiller really an upgrade? Remember, this is a guy who Boudreau didn’t trust to start the series because he limped into the postseason with a 6-9-3 mark in his final 18 appearances....

more on both the Kings and Ducks...

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pautna's avatar

“Kings fans are lamenting the Ben Scrivens trade and pondering the potential of young Martin Jones.” Uh, what? This is first I’ve heard Ben’s name mentioned lately, what is he talking about?

Posted by pautna on 04/24/14 at 05:28 PM ET

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yep, we’re ready to dump a SC champion, Conn Smythe winner, franchise leader in wins, and probably one of the top 3 goalies in the league the last 3 years because of 3 playoff games in which most of the goals were not his fault - I’m not saying all of them because he has not been “as sharp” as he was in 2012, but tell me another goalie that had that kind of run? First Helene Elliott says a “shakeup” is coming (she’s an idiot), now this a**hat. It’s times like these that I wish we had Canadian press covering our team - or at least those of some original 6 teams. It really is an embarrassment to the sport of hockey.

Posted by scooter on 04/24/14 at 05:35 PM ET

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Well, these writers like to create storylines to get clicks. Quick isn’t the reason for the 0-3 series deficit. The team has not been good and San Jose has been really good.

I’d be careful about wishing for Canadian media. Canadian media treats hockey like TMZ treats “celebrities.” Ask Dion Phaneuf or James Reimer if they’re happy they’ve got Canadian media covering their team…

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/24/14 at 05:57 PM ET

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yeah, you’re probably right Vito - although if you spend some time listening to or watching press conferences after west coast games, you’d think the reporters had just seen their first hockey game.

Posted by scooter on 04/24/14 at 07:02 PM ET

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