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05-11-2010, 11:39 AM
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It's a lot more regular than you seem to think. Hell Lundqvist almost took out the Caps last year on his own.
We'll ignore that poor goaltending COST the Caps a chance at the Cup last year.
Of the last 20 Cups:
3 won by Brodeur
3 won by Roy
1 won by Hasek
1 won by Belfour
Then you have some guys right on the edge, like JSG (who both won and took the Ducks to the cup finals--and was a ****ing Greek God in the playoffs when he got 'em to the Devs).
That's 8 of 20 won by guys who were clearly "elite" at the time their team pulled it off. This is without getting into the number of elite goalies that got their teams to the Stanley Cup finals.
Flames with Kipper, Devs with Brodeur, Buffalo with Hasek (
btw, that's a guy that did it multiple times
It is actually quite regular that a hot goalie carries a team through a playoff round or two, and quite often it's an established guy.
If it was truly a random thing in a small sample size tournament, then it wouldn't so
play out that goaltending takes you further than any other one position.
So, the reality is that your "elite goalies don't matter" mantra remains ostrich-like.
The Devils have 3 Cups from that elite goalie, who is now getting up there in years and it has consistently showed in the playoffs after they ride him into the ground during the regular season.
The Rangers are a terrible team that almost made the playoffs purely because of their goalie.
Canucks are going to Game 6 against one of the best two teams in the league...not sure why you're picking on Luongo
3.06 GAA, .889%? He hasnt been that good (Ive watched a decent amount of Canucks games for playoffs.)
Oh and one of the best teams in the league...with Huet/Niemi in net...
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