Friday, December 08, 2006

All hail Kolzig

"Kolzig's got young defensemen in front of him, and young forwards in front of them. They are going to make a lot of mistakes. You look at the number of shots he sees, the types of shots he sees, and his record: Kolzig is probably playing the best he's ever played."
— Barry Melrose
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm giving some of my early season Vezina Trophy votes to the Capitals' Olaf Kolzig. He has been absolutely terrific this season, and especially lately, and he's facing far more shots on a lot of nights than most of the usual 'top goalie' suspects.

His 48-save performance in Tampa Bay two weeks back was quite simply the best netminding I've seen yet this year.

In case you missed it, the Washington Post had a great article on 'Godzilla' in today's paper.

UPDATE Okay, perhaps this post was ill-timed given the Capitals and Kolzig were blown out by Anaheim a few hours later, but the point still stands — Washington's one of the season's real surprises so far and a lot of that is due to their netminder.

3 Comments:

At 3:46 AM, December 09, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Okay, perhaps this post was ill-timed given the Capitals and Kolzig were blown out by Anaheim a few hours later, but the point still stands.

Can't wait for your "All hail Denis" post tomorrow.

 
At 3:42 PM, December 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of timing, James nails it — Kolzig's been very, very good most nights.

 
At 6:18 PM, December 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So he lost to the best team in hockey, big deal. Most nights Kolzig has to stand on his head to keep the Capitals from getting blown out. I've never seen a team so clueless about playing defensive hockey as the Capitals. They're one of the few teams that give up more chances with the Man Advantage than ES. Disgraceful.

 

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