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gopherfun83 wrote:

I can’t honestly say pulling the goalie too early is a bad call. Basically it’s always a gamble, sometimes it pays off, this time it didn’t. It’s really easy to second guess.

It used to be one minute, or thereabouts, when coaches would look to pull his goaltender in favor of an extra skater. That standard has gradually moved up to two minutes, or even a little more, depending on puck possession and momentum. I think most coaches today would agree that four minutes gives the opponent too much time to gain possession – whether by skill or good fortune – and score into the empty net and effectively end the game, possibly with several minutes remaining.