Friday, May 31
Updated: June 2, 4:03 PM ET
Goalies: Carolina vs. Detroit
By Darren Pang
Special to ESPN.com
Arturs Irbe, Carolina
His hands: He has quick hands, keeps them in front of his body to cushion shots. Good hand/eye coordination.
His feet: Wears the oldest pads in the NHL.They are to his liking. Can butterfly to both posts and covers more net than you think for a smaller guy.
His stick: Not going to the Hall of Fame as a puckhandler, but like most Europeans, has a quick stick in tight for pokechecks.
His technique: Makes himself as large as possible. Stays on his feet as long as he can, reads the shot, then reacts.
Dominik Hasek, Detroit
His hands: He watches as the puck enter his glove. He drops his stick to cover the puck with his blocker. He uses his hands in an unconventional way because of his ability to slow the puck down in his mind.
His feet: He's able to spread his pads from post to post at times -- while laying on his stomach! He has great flexibility and reflexes.
His stick: He thinks he is better than he is at playing the puck. Instead, he should just leave the puck for his defensemen. He's not an aggressive pokechecker.
His technique: There is no video available just yet to teach this technique. When there is a scramble, anything goes. He won't quit on a puck, and that is his greatest asset.
Darren Pang, a former goaltender with the Chicago Blackhawks, is a hockey analyst for ESPN.