The upper hand
When the lockout ended and hockey returned in 2005-06, the NHL wanted to open up the game - have goalies face more rubber and perhaps have a few more get by them. While that was the wish, the pair don’t always go hand in hand. The league’s masked men have proven that the busier they are, the better they are.
|40 shots, then what?
Here are the combined records - by season - of teams that have given up 40 or more shots in a game.
Though it might seem like the odds would be in favor of a victory with so many pucks headed towards the net, don’t go betting on it. Goalies on the receiving end have been far from eager to surrender in such circumstances, compiling a 74-71-36 record. The Canadiens are 3-5 in those outings, with Halak earning all three wins to rank sixth in the NHL in that department.
Much to the dismay of those who like to fill the opposing net, they’ve had a tough mountain to climb over the past six seasons, courtesy of the men donning the masks. As the saying goes, after all, it’s quality over quantity.
Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com
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