Goalies: The good, bad and ugly 

October, 14, 2009

It's been a strange start for the goalies around the league. Some of the bigger names have struggled out of the gate, while a few lesser-known goaltenders have excelled. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly among the league's stoppers.


Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes: The quirky, Russian-born goalie has been a big key to the early success of Team NHL. He's 3-1 with a pair of shutouts, a 0.98 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage in his four starts. Those are some nice numbers. New coach Dave Tippett has been particularly impressed. "He's been very good with his positioning," Tippett says. "He's working well with our defensemen, communicating with them, helping us get the puck out of our zone quickly." Bryzgalov and the Yotes begin a four-game homestand Thursday against the Blues.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.