Consistency in Net
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Petr Mrazek was outstanding in net today, showcasing Rod Brind’Amour‘s rotating goalie strategy.
I don’t think Mrazek deserved the scorn he received from some Cane’s fans after the game one loss. Sure, he was out of position for the overtime goal, but that shouldn’t negate numerous saves that kept the Hurricanes competitive. Today, Mrazek showed once again that he always shows up for big games and anchors the team in the net.
Quite frankly, the Hurricanes did not play the game that was reflected on the scoreboard, but Mrazek showed hustle to each puck. Although like most fans, I question not riding the hot hand in Reimer after an outstanding game-two performance, Mrazek’s performance reminded me of his true skill in the net.
The goal by the Bruins was an unfortunate rebound that I find hard to attribute to Mrazek. Outside of this goal, Mrazek’s rebound control was excellent. I noticed that he consistently swallowed up shots that he may have let go in the past.
I really have to commend Brind’Amour’s trust in both netminders. Although Reimer has been the better netminder on paper and has had some memorable games that make him the fan favorite for the Canes, Mrazek has been solid and showed shades today of his playoff performance last year.
I do believe that what keeps Mrazek from being an elite level goaltender is his rebound control. I believe that his aggressiveness sometimes prevents him from folding up on shots and controlling the puck, and today he checked this tendency and kept the puck under control. With a focus on rebound control like today’s game, I could see Mrazek having an even better playoff run.
Next, let’s discuss the bad and the ugly of today’s contest and how the team can change for game four.