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Holtby, Schneider show value of switching goalies in playoffs

Devils, Capitals latest to benefit from change

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The immediate success of goaltender switches for the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils during the Stanley Cup Playoffs highlights the importance of being able to change course in a series.

History shows this to be the case.

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Luongo should be 'really proud of' 1,000 games, Brodeur says

Goalies reflect on what it takes to reach rare milestone

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The names on the list joined by Roberto Luongo on Thursday say it all:

Patrick RoyMartin Brodeur.

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Ability to master sharp-angle shots mandatory skill for goaltenders

Post-play options have emerged as integral parts of puck-stopping arsenal

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

To the uninitiated, the preoccupation with post play among NHL goaltenders and those who analyze them may seem at best disproportional to the actual demands of the position and at worst an unhealthy obsession filled with odd names.

There is a Post Lean VH (which stands for Vertical-Horizontal), Dead-Arm VH, the Reverse-VH, with multiple options for skate placement, Overlap, and even a Reverse-VH Overlap.

Some might think it's overkill.

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Shorter goalies find niche in what has become big man's position

Bernier, Raanta, Dell among those bucking trend toward taller peers

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

So much for talk about the end of shorter goalies in the NHL.

Judging by the height of goaltenders being drafted into the League, and currently making headlines, it might be tempting to think a goalie measuring 6-foot or under were becoming extinct.

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Georgiev impresses with Rangers, joins wave of Russian goalies to NHL

Rookie takes after Vasilevskiy, Varlamov, Bobrovsky

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev is the latest in a line of Russian goaltenders to turn heads in the NHL.

He is 3-2-0 with a .929 save percentage in his first six NHL games, including a win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

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Ovechkin scored 600 goals using 'unsavable' shot

NHL goalies say stick-bending one-timer reason Capitals forward reached milestone

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The most impressive part of Alex Ovechkin scoring 600 NHL goals might be how many of them have come from his signature shot.

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Finn goaltending coach blazes trail with Avalanche

Parkkila hopes to create pathway for other Europeans to NHL

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Jussi Parkkila is making history this season with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 40-year-old native of Tampere, Finland, is the first European goaltending coach to work in the NHL without any playing experience in the League. 

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Flyers prospect gets to Hart of matter

Season for ages brings Everett goalie into further focus

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The Philadelphia Flyers sent goaltender prospect Carter Hart back to Everett of the Western Hockey League in the fall with simple instructions.

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When trading for goalies, fit can be paramount

Skill matters, but style, comfort play part in deadline acquisitions

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Finding a goaltender before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline goes beyond one team having a need and another having an excess. Fit also matters.

That's not to say there are any definitive rules about how a certain style of goalie will fit behind a specific defensive system or style of play. There are few absolutes in goaltending, and goalies adjust their approach to fit different scenarios.

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Goaltenders find bigger rebounds can be better

Ability to get puck out of close-in danger fuels change in equipment, philosophy

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

It wasn't that long ago that a big rebound meant a bad rebound. That's no longer necessarily the case.

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