By John McGourty
NHL.com Staff Writer
From the earliest days of professional hockey, goalies have known that they are no more than one bad stretch, one bad game, one bad period, even one bad play away from obscurity.
Since Ty Conklin fumbled a puck that led to a goal in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, he has played for five teams. Tiny Thompson lost his job with the Boston Bruins due to a brief eye infection.
Success is not unknown to former ECHL goaltender Patrick Lalime, who set an NHL record by starting his career 14-0-2 in 1996-97 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also the top goalie in the IHL in 1998-99, posting 39 wins. But like Conklin, Lalime has spent recent seasons trying to re-establish his reputation. His nomination for the 2008 Masterton Trophy shows he has made big strides in that direction.