Who is between the pipes tonight?
10/27/2008 11:30 AM - Chris Etheridge
Here's a heart-breaker for you: Goalie Ben Bishop, who started the season with Peoria but got his first recall last week to back up St. Louis' Manny Legacy, felt something strange on Sunday in the middle of what could have been a shutout in his first career NHL start. The rookie (and at 6' 7" the tallest person to ever wear the goalie pads in an NHL game) was making his second appearance in as many nights in front of his hometown crowd and couldn't finish the game. That has to be tough.
But it's probably even more difficult for the St. Louis Blues, who have now put four different goalies on the ice through just eight games. Their #1 and #2 goalies are both out right now with injuries but could be back as early as Thursday. Legacy left the game on Saturday after falling on a piece of carpet in front of the bench during warm-ups, and Chris Mason has been off the ice after an emergency appendectomy on Oct. 16. So Bishop and Marek Schwarz both suited up for Sunday's game. Schwarz already had one recall this season to back up Legacy. Then the Blues swapped Bishop for Schwarz as Legacy's back up in the middle of last week.
So what do all of these moves mean for the Peoria Rivermen? Without their #1 and #2 goalies in St. Louis, the Rivermen recalled Chris Holt from Alaska and they signed a guy from Chicago, who hasn't played since the late 1990s and only appeared in three games over two seasons back then. Talk about an emergency signing.
The kicker? The Rivermen won both of those games against Lake Erie thanks to an offense that posted 10 goals.
Something like this happend to the IceHogs last year a couple of times. Wade Flahery had to leave a game with a leg injury on Dec. 1 in Manchester. Corey Crawford finished the game and played on Dec. 5 against Syracuse. But without time to call Mike Brodeur from Pensacola, the IceHogs signed former UHL IceHogs goalie Marty Magers to go with the team on a weekend trip to Lake Erie.
Wade Flaherty was still out with a leg injury and #3 goalie Mike Brodeur was between the pipes on Jan. 13 against Quad City. He got hit in the head with a stick and had to leave the game. Crawford finished the contest and the IceHogs had to call up Kellen Briggs from Idaho to back up Crawford for about a week as the other two recovered.
Then there was this one: Nikolai Khabibulin was injured in a practice in late February, so the Blackhawks recalled Crawford to back up Patrick Lalime. This was right as the IceHogs were arriving in Milwaukee to play the Admirals that night, so they had to sign a retired goalie Jeffrey Dotson to back up Wade Flahery. Dotson had only palyed in three professional games.
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