Brushes on – Winnipeg Free Press



Laurent Brossoit is the busiest he’s ever been in the NHL.

But you won’t hear any grumbling from the veteran goaltender, who is finally getting what he wants most – a heavier workload – from his current employer, the Vegas Golden Knights.

And now his missions could really start to pile up.

Head coach Peter DeBoer was Robin Lehner – with 38 starts – but the No. 1 guard returned to Vegas after suffering a lower-body injury in Philadelphia and was seen using crutches early on of last week. Rookie goaltender Logan Thompson was between the posts Sunday in a 6-4 road loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


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“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for my entire career,” Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Laurent Brossoit said.

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“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for my entire career,” said Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

Vegas ends a disastrous 0-4 road trip Tuesday in downtown Winnipeg against the Jets in a key Western Conference game. Brossoit is expected to face his former teammates at the Canada Life Centre.

“(DeBoer) didn’t say anything directly but I’ll make my assumption,” Brossoit said, in a phone conversation with the Free press Monday afternoon. “This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for my whole career.”

There was no update on Lehner’s condition on Monday, however Brossoit’s comments likely suggest he’s going to be counted on to help lift the Golden Knights out of their current funk.

“You get close enough to your goalkeeping partner. It’s one of those weird things in the goalkeeping world, you’re only two and sometimes the only way to get an opportunity is if the other guy gets injured,” Brossoit said. . “In a perfect world, that’s not how you get your opportunity and it’s through other means, but in this case, I have the opportunity to show up and get into a rhythm and playing every game is when I’m at my best.

“It’s definitely going to be a fun few months for me.”

I have the opportunity to show up and get into a rhythm and play every game, that’s when I’m at my best. It’s definitely going to be a fun few months for me. – Laurent Brossoit

Some key contributors are nursing injuries, including Lehner, forwards Mark Stone, Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty and defensemen Alex Martinez and Brayden McNabb, and Vegas is by no means an infallible playoff team. The Golden Knights led the Pacific Division with a 22-12-0 record on New Years Day, but have since gone 10-13-4 since then and trail the Calgary Flames by 11 points. .

They also trail the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers in the division and cling to a one-point lead over the Dallas Stars for the last wildcard spot in the conference.

Brossoit, who turns 29 in a week, said he’s spent the past seven seasons preparing for this moment.

“We have a less experienced formation at the moment, so it puts pressure on me. But it’s the pressure that I’ve wanted all my career, where you are put in a position that is relied on,” he said. he declares.




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<p>Brossoit has had a great start to the year, winning eight of his first 10 starts, but he’s been stuck in a rut since the schedule was flipped and is currently 10-8-3, with a goals-against average. allowed of 2.78 and a save percentage of .899.  .			</p>
<p>No one needs to point out that the product from Port Alberni, B.C., who credited his time in Winnipeg with resurrecting his career, needs to be sharper.			</p>
<p>“At the beginning of the year, when everyone is healthy, there is a little more forgiveness with my mistakes,” he said.  “It’s a great opportunity to steal a few games and be the rock at a vulnerable time in our season, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to being the stable keeper there.”			</p>
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“It’s a great opportunity to steal a few games and be the rock at a vulnerable time in our season, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to being the stable keeper there. – Laurent Brossoit

Brossoit signed a two-year contract with Vegas, with an annual cap of $2.3 million, a price that was well over the Jets’ budget.

He made back-to-back starts at Buffalo and Pittsburgh last week to eclipse the 20-start mark for the first time since entering the league with the Edmonton Oilers in 2014.

Playing behind starter Connor Hellebuyck, Brossoit was started back-to-back by then-head coach Paul Maurice only once in three seasons (2018-21) in Winnipeg.

“I think Helly just got off to a slow start and I came out hot from the gates and I think Paul could have used that to start a fire under Helly which probably worked. He won a Vezina,” said he said laughing. “Glad I could help.”

Brandon-born defenseman Zach Whitecloud says the team is completely comfortable with Brossoit as their last line of defense.

Whitecloud, 25, of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, said Brossoit’s relentless work ethic and attitude have been duly noted since he signed with the organization last July.

“The first thing that comes to mind with LB (Laurent Brossoit) is how hard he works, how he approaches the game, how he approaches the treatment of his teammates and staff. – Zach Whitecloud

“The first thing that comes to mind with LB is how hard he works, how he approaches the game, how he treats his teammates and the staff,” Whitecloud said. “You really see that he’s a guy who wants to improve, and that kind of attitude is spreading very quickly in our room.

“Having him there, he gives us a ton of confidence. He handles the puck well, he talks a lot, and he’s a goalie who makes huge saves for you when the defensive stuff goes down. We love playing for him and he does everything he can to give us a chance to win every night.”

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Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of ​​law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she became bionic).

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