Thread: Speculation: Theodore, a possible choice?
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10-02-2010, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by go kim johnsson 514 View Post
And there was a pretty significant difference between Niemi and Leighton when it came to crunch time, so yes it does matter. Goalies who can't make big saves in tough spots is a pretty important conundrum.
I'd have to disagree with this. Aside from game two, Niemi was playing at the same level as Leighton. Yes Leighton let up a soft goal that ended the series, but that doesn't mean he played so much worse than Niemi. I honestly believe, and I have said this before, that if the Flyers didn't lose on that goal, no one would be talking about how bad Leighton is. The reason everyone is (was) up in arms about Leighton was because he let in a bad goal at a bad time. If he had done that in the first period of game 1, no one would remember it. Wrong place at the wrong time. Leighton was but one reason for losing the Cup. Kane scored a one in a million fluke goal. End of story.

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