Originally Posted by chilly666
i am...alot of the shots last night were at his pads or somewhere where the save was "easy" compared to someone trying to pick a corner or go right above the pads where some goalies have issues stopping the puck.
when needed, yes smith made the remarkable saves, but last night alot more shots were "at him" compared to smith using his reflexes to make the great save.
I think a lot of the shots were "easy" saves, but you have to credit the Coyotes skaters for that just as much as saying the Hawks were shooting right at Smith. They were not giving the middle of the ice to any Hawks players and were making them shoot from awful angles or from decent angles, but letting Smith see the shot all the way and clearing out the rebounds if need be. You have to tip your hat to the Coyotes coaching staff for knowing what the Hawks like to do and refusing to let them ever get started. Sure 39 shots are nice, but how many of them were quality scoring chances?? Maybe 4 or 5?
Originally Posted by The Woodsman
Good goalies position themselves in their crease where the pucks hit them. The more inept the goalie is positionally, the more you will see flashy, reactionary saves, since they are often out of position for the proper save.
Very true. A great example was that 2-on-1 very early in the 1st with Kane and Shaw, I believe. Everyone in the rink knew Kane was going to pass, but on the replay at the UC, Kane never even looks at the goal and was staring down Shaw the entire time. Smith knew Kane was going to pass even before Kane got past the circles, cheated, and made a play that should have been difficult rather easy when Shaw put it right into Smith's belly.