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Boo birds should fly off - MacT

ROBIN BROWNLEE, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

Some decorum, please.

Craig MacTavish yesterday took issue with fans who jeered Ty Conklin after he allowed goals on the first two shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

"Could he have had them? Possibly, but they were two pretty good shots and there were mistakes made in other areas of the ice that led to us fishing the puck out of the back of the net," MacTavish said.

"The fans didn't feel that way and they put a lot of pressure on him. I give Ty a lot of credit for battling back through that type of adversity. It's unjustified in my mind and it certainly doesn't help your goaltending.

"If you want your goaltending to improve you have to make the building a friendly environment for the goaltenders. If you're going to boo your goaltenders every time they let in a goal, you're going to be booing a lot because they won't have any confidence."

MacTavish said he feels Conklin, pegged as the No. 1 stopper going into the season, is being singled out for criticism.

"Yes, I do," MacTavish said. "It doesn't help, and that's the bottom line if you're trying to help the home team win.

"It doesn't help when you're putting that pressure on the goalie. Let us decide his level of play."


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