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12-02-2011, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by eklunds source View Post
No, it really wasn't.

Tim Thomas had a 0.969 save percentage at even strength. Had he recorded the same save percentage as his record breaking regular season (and I'm talking even strength only), te Canucks would have had 15 goals.

Clearly a 0.969 at evens isn't sustainable. The amount of point blank goals TT stopped was unreal and if you replay that series 100 times, I bet the Canucks win more than they don't..
Part of that is the shooters' abilities to finish though as well as the quality of their chances. Look at the Nashville series. Luongo had an ES sv% in the .940s and he didn't even play all that well. Take away a couple of the fluke goals and he's right up there with Thomas' % vs. the Canucks. But I think that's more an indictment of Nashville's ability to score than it is about Luongo's play.

Or the San Jose series where he had an ES sv% of .958. Again Luongo played great just as Thomas did vs. the Canucks, but I don't think I'd argue that San Jose deserved a better fate even though they would've had another goal per game in that series if Luongo's ES sv% was in line with his regular season one. The Canucks' team defense kept a lot of their chances to the outside and San Jose was largely too injured to fight their way to the scoring areas and that's what happened with the Canucks in the SCF.

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