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04-12-2010, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Chief View Post
Calling this Lundqvist's best season is a joke. He led led the NHL in shootout victories last season with 9 wins and only 4 losses. This season he was 3 and 3 (including the season-ending shootout loss with Philly) and he had only the 34th best shootout save percentage this season.

He went from being dominant in the shootout to being less than average. For that reason alone you can't call this his best season.
If people actually think that the shootout is a useful barometer for how a goalie should be measured, then that's the best argument I've heard for the shootout having run its course in the NHL.

BTW - Checking the game logs, it looks like Lundqvist was pulled from games 6 times this season and was only pulled 3 times from games last season.
Another useless measuring stick because it was under two different head coaches. Torts is much quicker to pull the goalie than Renney was. Case in point: the loss to Buffalo last week. Not a chance in hell Renney would have pulled him in that game. As for the flip side, remember the 8-5 loss to the Devils last year? Hank played all 60 minutes.

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