Smithy Will Be Fine... As Will Stars
You may have seen the reports of last night's Stars-Red Wings matchup and began to be a little concerned. You know Turco has struggled leading to more playing time for backup goalie Mike Smith. Then, you see Smith surrendered a lead in the third period after two plus periods of great goaltending.
But never fear. After all, it's regular season so Turco will come around. As for the two third period goals Smith let through, no goalie would have had a chance. The first came on a gem of a pass from Henrik Zetterberg between his legs just before racing behind the net to Pavel Datsyuk for the game-tying tally. Smith was caught looking to the other side waiting for Zetterberg to come around. And why not? I'd challenge Henrik to make that play again it was so special.
And pin the second goal on the Stars defense. With the Red Wings on the power play, the defensemen left the front of the net unguarded. A Red Wings' forward camped out in front of Smith who was completely screened on Zetterberg's blast from the point.
So rest assured, Smith didn't cave the way it may seem. Though he did have those two soft goals against Colorado the other night.