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Video: The downside to Mike Smith’s puckhandling

May 22, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

Puckhandling skills are a valuable commodity for NHL goalies. The really good ones can help to diffuse a forecheck and even set up offense with an effective breakout pass. Unfortunately for those goalies, an affinity with handling the puck also comes with an increased chance to make mistakes.

Mike Smith‘s puck skills can be a double-edged sword. Smith tried to make a breakout pass during a Coyotes power playthat ends up in an icing call. Anze Kopitar wins the resulting face-off and then deflects Drew Doughty‘s shot for a 1-1 goal, which you can view below.

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As Kevin Woodley points out, that tally didn’t make Smith less brazen, as he sent a nice pass that set up an odd man rush shortly after that miscue.

So here’s the question: is it worth the risk or is Smith doing more harm than good when he handles the puck which such aplomb?

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    What do they say? You live by the sword, die by the sword. Plus it’s not like he pulled a Bryzgalov or Emery or whatever. They’re still headed to OT.

    I went to Smith’s goalie school and they said he could shoot the puck from his own goal line over the opposite end’s glass. Guy’s got next level puck-handling skills. Obviously he’s going to make mistakes but most of the time he’s great with the puck.

  2. taytay099 - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    He’s the main reason they are in the Western Final so I think it’s been well worth the risk so far.

  3. bcisleman - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    It’s not as if he shot the puck in his own net. LA still had to win the faceoff and make the play. I don’t buy the notion that because he iced the puck, he caused the goal.

  4. comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Suck it, Phoenix.

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