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Why NHL GMs are paying their goalies

General Managers aren't acting irrationally by signing goalies to longer contracts. They're responding to changes in goaltender performances over the past few years.

What does Bishop bring to the Lightning?

Can the Lightning's new goalie Ben Bishop succeed where so many others have failed? What can Lightning fans realistically expect?

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Behind the Numbers:"Playoff Goaltending"

Evaluating goaltending is always a tricky business, but the only fair and reasonable way to evaluate a player`s performance is against the best of their peers.

Snowbound: Lightning in Buffalo to face the Sabres (Preview)

Cold in Tampa? Try Buffalo on for size. That's what the BOlts are doing tonight as they square off against the Northeast leading Sabres at HSBC Center in Buffalo.

"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going t...

"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going to go through a game and get that one shot and score a goal, you might as well not even go on the ice. You've got to go on mentally where you’re going to throw the puck on net, go to the net, wraparounds, quick shots. Don’t take a big slap shot. "These guys thrive on teams that try to pick spots. The best goalie in the world will tell you, the quicker the shot, the more garbage around the net, the harder for them to play; people in front of their faces. When you think you're going to go down the wing all night and and take that one big slap shot and go top shelf on these guys, you’ll be waiting all night with that. You've got to go out there and throw everything at them, whether it’s a wrist shot, slap shot, a quick shot, wrap shot, everything has to go out there with a flurry of people in front of them. That’s the only way you can consistently beat these guys."

Head Coach Rick Tocchet -- remarking Monday on facing elite goaltenders.

The Flyers goaltending: Not as bad as you think (and other netminding myths)

So, during the regular season anyway, Philadelphia's 'tenders have posted a better than league average save percentage in seven of the past 10 seasons. And there haven't been all that many playoff goats, either.

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