Goalies can't be concerned about offense

Successful goalies focus on opponents' goals, not how many their team is scoring at the other end.

Updated: January 20, 2004, 8:56 PM ET
By Darren Pang | Special to ESPN.com

Don't worry about things you can't control. It's a phrase every goalie has heard from every sports psychologist he's met.

It seems simple enough. A goaltender can't get caught up thinking about anything on the ice other than what he can do and that is to stop the puck.

This is an era of 2-1 games. There is very little margin for error for the teams that struggle to generate offense, so perfect defense is the only way to win. That also means perfect goaltending.

The Carolina Hurricanes ...

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