Rank the top five goalies in modern franchise history
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03-14-2011, 12:52 AM
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It wasn't just the Nieuwendyk goal (there were actually 2 equally brutal goals by Nieuwendyk in the same period)
It was the Sundin OT goal, the McCauley goals, the Roberts OT goal. The whole team had problems finishing, that is not being disputed, and Jacques might have tried a different game plan once or twice, that might have helped too.
You can't blame everything on Lalime, but you sure can put a lot on him.
He was not a good goalie. He fell apart under pressure every time. Too bad the team had no money back then. Or the ability to draft as strong in net as we did everywhere else.
Might have a meaningful banner hanging from the rafters if that were the case.
Can you really blame him for the other OT goals you mentioned? Sundin? Roberts in triple OT? I was at that game - if I recall, Hossa had 3 separate breakaways in that game couldn't convert.
Fair to say that Lalime was outplayed by Joseph/Belfour in those years, but not fair to put significant blame on him for most of those losses. Look back at the number of times the team scored 1 or 0 goals with Lalime in net in the playoffs. Huge number.
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