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12-20-2011, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirtbag59 View Post
Actually I'd say up until the last cup matchup, average to above average goaltending has cut it.

I mean lets go back.

2011 - Thomas (BOS) vs Luongo (VAN)
2010 - Neimi (CHI) vs Leighton (PHI)
2009 - Flower (PIT) vs Howard(DET)
2008 - Flower (PIT) vs Osgood (DET)
2007 - Gigučre (ANA) vs Emery (OTT)

None of those goalies before 2011 where anything special. Fleury is the closest to elite and honestly he wasn't anything special during Pitt's cup runs. I mean for God's sake, Detroit got there two straight years with different goalies.

With the recent performance of Thomas and Luongo, franchise goalies have become all the rage in the NHL. Sadly goalies are the NHL equivelant of running backs in the NFL, save the careers cut short due to the physical demands of the position.

Fact is the onus is on the guys up front to deliver. Then again if our goalies keep on giving up soft goals we're not going to get very far.
Even if some of those guys weren't anything special, Neuvirth is definitely below average. He's average for a backup, and this season he's been one of the worst goaltenders period.

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