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03-19-2012, 10:51 PM
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It's interesting that in some cities the goaltender gets little credit and much blame. Detroit has been that way over the years.

Lately it's pretty much the coaches fault when the team loses in Montreal.

Wasn't always that way.

Jacques Plante won 5 Vezinas and Cups in a row but check out this article from the year after. After an injury and a slow start he ended up in the minors and was even booed there.

Ken Dryden won 6 cups in his 8 seasons but he was jeered numerous times. A sample can be heard if you watch the New Years Eve 75 game against Red Army.

There is no question that goaltending is critical to victory but there probably is too much emphasis on their role at times. They don't score and without good dmen and forwards in front of them, it doesn't matter how good they are. A classic example of that was Gump Worsley when he went from the Rangers to the Habs.

I guess folks just need to have their heroes and villains because it really is a team game.

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