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03-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The answer would be that they are human beings and it is unreasonable to expect a human being to perform at peak level 82 times in a given year.
So add the playoffs to that, and then the same reasoning can be used for any player who performs worse in the playoffs.

It's easy to say the playoffs are more important, but the playoffs aren't guaranteed either. You need to play well in the regular season to even make the playoffs in the first place (and a higher seed generally means easier opponents in the postseason as well), so playing better in the playoffs is not automatically preferable.

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I'm confused. As far as I know, the Vezina wasn't awarded on merit when Hainsworth, Thompson, and Durnan played. But that would just make your point stronger.
It was awarded on merit from inception to 1946, and then from 1982 to the present.

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