Well, Dinamo Minsk was visiting Salavat Yulaev Ufa a couple of nights ago, and Lalande got the start for Minsk. With the game tied at zero after twelve minutes of play in the first period, the worst thing for any goalie happened to Lalande. Check out the video.
Goals from center ice are normally momentum killers. It certainly didn't help Dinamo Minsk any as they dropped this game by a 6-3 score. And set up an early candidate for "Worst Save of the Year".
Lalande is certainly struggling thus far this season. He has a 3.59 GAA in three games, a .885 save percentage, and a 1-2-0 record. Needless to say, he needs to pick up his game a little, and, judging by the video above, he certainly needs to get into games mentally. The lack of concentration on that goal was brutal.
I will say that a bouncing puck is one of the hardest saves to make, especially from long-range where a hop can suddenly take on a new direction at any point. But if you're playing in the KHL, AHL, or NHL, you have to make those saves to help your team win. Not saving those long-range hoppers will certainly put your career on thin ice!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!