Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/09/12 at 02:28 PM ET
Kelly Hrudey of CBC answers and email,
Goalies are vital in a playoff run. What does it take to be the goalie who will excel under the pressure of a playoff run. Do you see anyone like that this year?
There is so much that goes into playing the position of goalie. While growing up, all the goalies in the NHL separated themselves from the competition by being better in two areas: technique and mental toughness.
All through amateur hockey you see a lot of goalies with only one of those qualities but not the combination….
More than anything, it’s who’s better at not getting distracted with negative thoughts during a game and a series.
For those reasons I’m really looking to Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to excel in these playoffs. He has grown so much in the last few years and I think the previous playoff losses will have helped him manage his emotions during the course of a series.
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