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Padded goalie gloves making biggest saves during practice

Second set of equipment being used to combat hundreds of shots faced at workouts

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Jake Allen discovered early in his NHL career that stopping pucks is a lot safer when you have an extra catching glove just for practice.

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Imitating opponents offers new twist on advance scouting

Allen's mimicry of Rask during practices gave Blues clues to complete Stanley Cup quest

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

When it comes to finding a comparable in other sports, NFL quarterback is often cited as the closest thing to being an NHL goalie because of the impact, scrutiny and pressure involved, and the individual, sometimes even solitary, nature of the positions.

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NHL goalies embracing switch to composite sticks

Comfort level, inventory among factors behind trend of moving away from wooden model

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Goalies are keeping wood sticks alive in the NHL, but perhaps not for long.

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Hart working on mental skills to improve his play for Flyers

Goalie using concentration grids, juggling to maintain focus in games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Carter Hart was one of the last cuts from Everett of the Western Hockey League when he was 15 years old, so imagine his surprise at being the first cut from his minor hockey team back home a few weeks later.

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Vasilevskiy, Anderson share stories of why they became goalies

Cool gear, chance to play hockey with older brothers among reasons for going in net

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The journey toward becoming an NHL goalie has several common starting points, each unified by one theme.

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McLean conjured positive memories for Canucks fans in retro return

Received long ovation for skating out in vintage pads during Vancouver 50th anniversary celebration

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- It was a short skate from the Zamboni entrance behind the net to the blue line, but even after playing 16 NHL seasons, it made Kirk McLean nervous.

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NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

Establishing relationship, comfort level crucial to success

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL.

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Goalies must make a lot of adjustments to succeed with new teams

Signing as free agent means much more than changing address, uniform

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The first day of free agency can feel a lot like a game of musical chairs for NHL goalies, but addresses and uniforms aren't the only things that change.

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Conference finals feature goalies who have bounced back from adversity

Mrazek, McElhinney, Binnington, Rask, Jones redeem selves

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

There are few absolutes when it comes to goalies, who play a position so volatile that the only certainty is often uncertainty. So it shouldn't come as much of a shock that each of the four conference finalists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has at least one goalie who took a bumpy path to get there. 

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Using two goalies more prevalent in playoffs for many reasons

Injuries, style, form, intuition play into who gets net, succeeds in postseason

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Few coaches know better than Barry Trotz how hard it is to juggle two goalies when the Stanley Cup Playoffs arrive.

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