In Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over the Thrashers Saturday night, the Blackhawks got the game-tying goal late in the second period. Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec got caught behind the net playing the puck and Jonathan Toews stole it by kicking it out front. Patrick Kane was there to knock the puck into the empty net to knot the score at 4-4.
According to Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay, the goal was not the fault of Pavelec has much as it was the defensemen on the ice – Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom.
Here’s Ramsay’s explanation:
“[Pavelec] got trapped,” Ramsay said. “If you feel pressure, he’s got to throw it on his forehand, which is going to be his strength. But more importantly, we don’t want him to get into that position which means both defensemen have to go back and we didn’t. We had one defenseman go back. We practice it almost daily where both D go back. Now, he has an option to both sides. That’s the most important thing. Is it the goalie’s fault? Not really. It was the fact that we didn’t support him. That’s what we want to create here is that team support where no one person ends ups up on an island. He always has help from his teammates. We didn’t come back hard enough and that’s why he ended up in a tough spot.”