Empty net syndrome
May 16, 2011 7:46 AM Subscribe
Why do ice hockey goalies ever leave the net?
In last night's Vancouver-San Jose game, two goals were scored as a direct result of poor passes by goalies from behind their own net. In one case, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo passed it directly to San Jose's Joe Thornton, who scored on essentially an empty net. This brings up a question I have had for years: why do goalies ever leave their own net to recover pucks behind the net? It happens dozens of times a game, but I've rarely seen it lead to anything good, and it often seems to lead to something bad. I can understand doing this if there is a serious chance that an opposing player could get to the puck first, but that doesn't seem to be the case a lot of the time. So what is the logic, other than bored goalies wanting to do something different?