As goalies, we like to believe that we can stop anything that comes our way, no matter what. That’s the attitude you need to have, because sometimes you get left alone by your team and you need to keep them in the game. Sometimes, though, you need to tip your mask after a great shot, accept that you couldn’t have done anything on the play and move on with the game. This is pretty much one of those ones. Carter made a nearly perfect shot from a prime scoring area, with speed, as he changed the angle moving across the ice. There were breakdowns on top of breakdowns before the puck got near Jones (What was the right defence-man doing in the neutral zone?) Having said all that, this is goalie school and we’re going to take a look at what Jones could have done differently on this play.
In this screenshot the tops of his shoulders are in line with the crossbar, now that the shot is coming, Jones compresses in his stance and there’s lots of daylight between the crossbar and his shoulders. So, Jones isn’t in his true stance prior to the shot. He’s about half a foot lower. I’m not sure if this is something Jones wants to do. It may be just a bad habit that he knows about, but it also may be somewhat strategic, where he tries to look bigger pre shot to give the shooter less to shoot at. My issue with that as a strategy is that NHL shooters can change where they’re shooting at the very last moment, not to mention video and scouting reports would definitely be able to catch that, so you’re not really gaining any edge there, especially against a guy like Carter with that much time and space. (Dino Ciccarelli used to tell me when a goalie held his glove high, he would shoot right at the glove, because he knew it would drop when he shot it. Players are smart! (sometimes))
On top of that, Jones’ head moves 6 inches right as the shot is being released. A shot like that is difficult to see and save, without creating optical illusions because your head is moving. Any sport where you rely on hand-eye coordination requires a level of stillness at the point of contact, or things get more difficult. When your eyes are moving, it’s much harder to have the fine detail in your vision required to stop a puck moving at 90+ miles per hour.
So, to sum up the play, Carter takes a great shot and scores a really good goal. Jones made a difficult play harder on himself by skating diagonally backwards instead of shuffling, which led him to being less square and less centred on the shot than he could have been, his upper body compressed right as the shot was being taken, which caused his head and eyes to drop 6 inches right at the critical moment to see the puck, he then had to guess where the puck was going and made a hesitant one pad save attempt with his toe up.