Originally Posted by JohnL
I thought he won the Pens the Cup that one year. But that was a while ago.
Yes, his defense sucked but his puck stoppage sucked even worse during the last few playoffs. MAF seems to be playing well this year, but he was horrid during the past few playoffs.
Biggest prob with MAF IMO is the infrequent yet somewhat regularly-occurring weird goal (though the weirdest goal I've seen was the recent Smith pants goal!), as opposed to just an occasional bad one like all goalies give up. In the one-and-done tournament format, that's a negative that outweighs his ability to be flat-out awesome, which anyone in consideration is clearly able to do or they wouldn't be in consideration in the first place.
Besides, Olympic team GMs aren't counting on the third 'tender to carry the team on his back or even play. They're basically doing a guy a solid with the pick. That's why I like Howard over Bishop for USA. Good guy, big hockey town, nice NHL career so far, vs a guy with one very awesome half-season. Probably would've been Anderson at the beginning of the season but he's kinda fallen off a cliff.