Still, if you’re slogging through a tough week, sometimes it’s also fun to watch them struggle. They’re like us, after all!
(Hey, whatever gets you through the week.)
Lundqvist and Ekblad both had moments they’d like to forget on Thursday.
For King Henrik, it was a dreaded center-ice goal by the Buffalo Sabres, which you can watch in glee/horror in the video above this post’s headline.
There were two big backhanders on the other goal of notice. Henrik Zetterberg did some great work with his, yet you wonder if the Red Wings were ribbing Ekblad a little for his own, erm, “backhand cheese.”
After their third loss in a row and fourth defeat in five games, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle said, “I’d love to play against us right now. It’s easy.”
With some injuries still irking them, it’s naive to say that one return will turn everything around, yet the Lightning have to be thrilled to get underrated defenseman Anton Stralman back in the lineup against the St. Louis Blues tonight.
The beauty of the Calgary Flames bringing in two goalies without long-term contracts is that they enjoy rare flexibility. That means being able to run with Chad Johnson, even if Brian Elliott‘s the guy with “All-Star” on his resume.
It’s probably reasonable to watch this situation, but at this point, it’s extremely difficult to deny that Johnson is the man for the Flames. At least right now.
Wednesday presented the latest exhibit, as Johnson stopped 39 Toronto Maple Leafs shots in a 3-0 win for Calgary.
With that, he now has three shutouts in November, matching some admittedly specific team history:
Maybe more importantly, head coach Glen Gulutzan acknowledges that Johnson bailed the Flames out more than once on Wednesday. This was the most exciting example:
Here’s the thing: with a career .918 save percentage, it’s possible that Johnson’s been worthy of a chance to be “the guy” for some time. In Elliott’s struggles, the Flames may have stumbled upon their brick wall.