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06-17-2011, 09:39 AM
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I really think prior to the season, no one on these boards would've thought the Bruins had more talent then the Caps for the exception of maybe on D. The goaltending would've been disputed considering the young talent we had that had excelled and Thomas' demise the season before.
Dude I don't know what to tell you if you think anyone thought that the Caps and Bruins were anywhere close to equal in goaltending going into this last season.
The Caps were going into the season with Valamov, who had a total of 51 combined NHL regular season and playoff games under his belt and Neuvirth who only had 22 NHL regular season games behind him.
The Bruins had Thomas, the '08-09 Vezina winner, and though his followup season was not up to that standard it was still better than anything the Caps guys had done, and Rask who had just wrestled the Bruins No. 1 job from Thomas with a sub 2 GAA and .931 save % in 45 games.
The Bruins were loaded in net going into this last season and the Caps pretty darn unproven. Nobody saw them as anywhere close to equal in that area.
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