Gold: The case to (not) change goaltenders
As the Hurricanes skated out for the start of the third period on Sunday in Boston the prevailing topic of conversation on press row and across the social media landscape was goaltending and the Carolina Hurricanes. Should Rod Brind’Amour pull Petr Mrazek? Should the Hurricanes turn this series over to Curtis McElhinney? What beer should I order with the Lobster Roll at Bell in Hand?
No, wait. That last question didn’t come up on press row.
But, because everyone likes to think we can play along with the coach’s decisions, there was speculation as to whether or not the Canes would switch goalies. Mrazek was certainly not great — the first goal he allowed, the bad angle Matt Grzelcyk goal that squirmed through his armpit, was probably the worst he’s allowed all year — but, he was far from the worst player in a Canes uniform in Game 2. Still, you could easily argue that a switch to McElhinney, at least for the balance of the game, would have been the move to make.