Sports almost always have a “What have you done for me lately” feel to them, but the ups and downs can be especially cruel to an NHL goalie. The margin between a great performance and an early night on the bench can often be quite small.
Take journeyman goalie Jared Coreau of the Detroit Red Wings for example.
The 25-year-old generated three wins and two shutouts in his past four games. That most recent shutout came as he out-dueled Carey Price in a 1-0 win for the Red Wings. Sure, he only needed to stop 18 shots, but he won a staring contest with Carey Price.
Now, on Wednesday, Coreau couldn’t even get through the first period against the Boston Bruins.
Coreau allowed three goals on eight shots and was pulled after 8:50 of game time, giving way to Petr Mrazek.
Now, not all of this is on Coreau. Boston just keeps hammering away, and they finally got to Mrazek late in the first period. Even so, it was a tough go for Coreau, and a reminder of just how tough that gig can be.