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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer A short training camp and a lack of preseason games have not done goalies any favors.
Playing a position that's much more technical than the other spots on the ice, goalies have been the slowest players to get into a rhythm following the NHL lockout.
Though most goalies worked on their games during the lockout, the intensity and traffic in front of them was nothing like what they face in live games.
As a result, top-name goalies like Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Mike Smith of Phoenix and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff have struggled to open the season.
Through Thursday's games, 21 goalies had save percentages under 90 percent.
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2012-2013 Records: Flyers (3-3-0), Rangers (3-3-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PIT Leading Scorer: Sidney Crosby (3-3-6)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (6 GP, 2.75 GAA, .905 SV%)
PIT Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun (2 GP, 2.59 GAA, .917 SV%)
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The Blueshirts failed to get many quality scoring chances, put too many pucks into the mid-section or right into Penguins' netminder Tomas Vokoun, ran into bad luck with hitting goal posts and struggled on the power play. The team also did...