The major concern for the Tampa Bay Lightning coming into this series was the lackluster play of their goalies. Gone were the glory days of the Bulin wall and on was the horror show of the John Graham / Sean Burke tandem. What’s nice about the playoffs is that it gives you a chance to re-write the script if you have had an off year. According to Tortorella, he was confident that Graham would turn the page and start fresh – how wrong he was.
Graham has let in a staggering 12 goals in 2.5 games played for a GAA over 4. He was chased from the net early in the second last night after surrendering his fifth goal and allowing the Sens to shoot 33%. To further prove that he can’t handle the tough shot, the Sens are a whopping 42% on the pp. – unheard of in the NHL.
Dear old Torts claimed last night that they found the Sens weakest link – Ray Emery. I think you better look in your own house old man – Your goaltending situation is dire – Emery has outplayed Graham in every game series (Granted, Goto with two couch cushions taped to his legs could probably outplay him). Emery has made the tough save and although he may not have been spectacular – he has been close. Although John Graham will start next game, I am confident in saying – RIP, your living on borrowed time and your career is, for all intents and purposes, over.
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