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08-08-2011, 06:06 AM
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G - Kirk McLean
Originally Posted by
Greatest Hockey Legends
, Captain Kirk was
one of the last classic stand up goalies
to succeed in the National Hockey League. Canucks radio colour commentator Tom Larscheid described him best: "
He's like one of those bubble hockey goalies, always standing perfectly straight and just letting the puck hit him.
His stand up style was ideal for his big frame, although in some ways
his style made him unappreciated.
While other goalies were acrobatically turning away pucks, "Mac" made all saves look routine by just getting in the way of it and making sure the rebound was under control. To the novice fan it looked routine, even boring, but to the hardcore fan it was a pleasure to watch
one of the last great stand up goalies.
One of the coolest customers you'll ever meet
, McLean seemed
, even in the early years with Vancouver when
the team was extremely weak.
He had a
tremendous glove hand
, which made up for vulnerabilities to the low posts. He also
loved to handle the puck
, usually in the far corner of the rink in what is now part of the restricted zone. He would almost without fail
deke out an oncoming forechecker
by faking a puck dump behind the net and around to the other corner, but then pull back with a backhanded flip the other way, usually to a waiting Canucks defenseman.
Originally Posted by
Greatest Hockey Legends on "The Playoffs"
McLean's signature moment came in round one against Calgary. With the team clawing it's way back from a 3 games to 1 deficit, the Canucks forced overtime in game 7. In the extra frame
McLean robbed Flames' sniper Robert Reichel with a sliding, pad-stacked toe save that to this day is considered the single most important save of the Canucks history.
But McLean was
never better than in game one of the Stanley Cup finals
in New York. The Rangers heavily outplayed the underdog Canucks, but McLean, in his classic stand-up style,
committed one of the grandest larcenies in the history of Manhattan.
52 save performance, including 17 in overtime, remains one of the most impressive games I've ever seen a goaltender play.
In a game where the Rangers could have blown out the Canucks, McLean kept the score 2-2 into over time where XXXX XXXXX, McLean's trade accompaniant from New Jersey 7 years prior, scored the game winning goal at 19:26 of the first over time.
* NHL 2nd All-Star Team (1992)
* All-Star Game Participant (1990, 1992)
Vezina Voting Finishes: 2nd (1992, behind Roy), 3rd (1989, behind Roy and Vernon)
* Wins Finishes: 1st (1992), 9th (1995), 10th (1993)
* Goals Against Average Finishes: 3rd (1992), 10th (1989)
* Save Percentage Finishes: 7th (1989), 7th (1992)
* Shutouts Finishes: 1st (1992), 2nd (1989), 6th (1993), 8th (1994)
* NHL Regular Season Statistics: 245-262-72, 3.26 GAA, .887 SV%, 22 SO
* NHL Playoff Statistics: 34-34, 2.84 GAA, .907 SV%, 6 SO
Other Goalies of his Time:
Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph, Mike Richter, John Vanbiesbrouck, Grant Fuhr, Mike Vernon, Tom Barrasso
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