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Bruins goalie sees need to protect himself in net

Updated: October 7, 2009, 5:13 PM ET
By Matt Kalman

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- All the talk about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and whether he should wear a skirt or slacks, or if the roughing-the-passer call against the Ravens' Terrell Suggs in Sunday's game was legit, got me thinking about the hockey equivalent of quarterbacks -- the goalies.

In terms of importance to their teams, netminders and quarterbacks belong on the same pedestal. The NFL frequently alters the rules to better protect quarterbacks, but in hockey it's been just the opposite. ...

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