In the crease: Kiprusoff & Cloutier

Updated: April 21, 2004, 2:43 PM ET
By Darren Pang | ESPN.com

KIPRUSOFF vs. CLOUTIER
Miikka Kiprusoff
Calgary Flames
Dan Cloutier
Vancouver Canucks
He beats you... with his legs and his strong side-to-side movement. He is a presence in the net, and the players love to play in front of him, so they work their tails off. He has quick reflexes, but doesn't rely on them. He is patient and rarely makes the first move.

You can beat him... by opening him up and going through the 5-hole, even though he is a solid butterfly goalie. Pucks have to go by his ears, above the shoulder, as he takes up so much room down low.
He beats you... with his competitiveness. He is a tremendous battler in the net. He has good movement around the crease and uses his legs well pushing from side to side.

You can beat him... by constantly putting pucks on net, waiting for that one bad mistake that haunts him. He gets blamed for everything that goes wrong in Vancouver, and that puts a large and sometimes unfair magnifying glass on one individual.

Darren Pang, a former goaltender with the Chicago Blackhawks, is a hockey analyst for ESPN.

Darren Pang joined ESPN2 as an NHL game analyst in September 1993. He also works select ESPN National Hockey Night playoff contests and ABC Sports' telecasts. Pang played for the Blackhawks and was named to the All-Rookie team in 1987.

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