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11-25-2009, 04:33 PM
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And now I'll say a little more about Renfrew's major advantage - Dominik Hasek. I think most people agree that Hasek was the greatest regular season goalie of all time. However, he was very good in the playoffs as well. During his incredible six-year peak from 1993-94 to 1998-99 he had a save percentage of 0.933 in the playoffs. This was the best of any goalie who played 30+ games, and better than his regular season mark of 0.930 over this time.

While Hasek wasn't as good after his groin injury in 2000, he still had a SV% of 0.927 in the playoffs from 1994 to 2007.

Hasek was also a clutch goalie in the playoffs, despite playing on weak teams for most of his career. This blog conducted a study using game-by-game Hockey Summary Project data comparing the playoff clutch play of Hasek, Roy, Brodeur, Belfour, and Joseph from 1994 to 2008. Here are some of the results for Hasek:

First two periods: GAA of 2.11, SV% of 0.920
3rd period and OT: GAA of 1.77, SV% of 0.935
3rd period and OT that began tied or within one goal: 0.939 SV%

Hasek had the best 3rd/OT SV% and the best close and late SV% of the group.

Here are some more results from the study.
  • When Hasek's team was up entering the 3rd, he was 16-2, with a 0.970 SV%! This was far better than the other 4 goalies.
  • He was 15-22 in tied games entering the 3rd, with a 0.915 SV%. His record in these situations was worse than Roy or Belfour, similar to Brodeur, and better than Joseph. His SV% was 3rd, behind Belfour and Joseph.
  • He was 14-13 in OT, with a 1.75 GAA and an 0.939 save percentage. Only Roy and Belfour had better records, and Roy's was driven by great goal support in OT.
  • When down by one goal after 2 periods, Hasek was 8-9 with a save percentage of 0.955! No other goalie came close to his success in these situations.
  • Overall, Hasek had a better clutch playoff record than Roy, Brodeur, Belfour, and Joseph from 1994 to 2008. Only Belfour was close.

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