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Top Thirty Playoffs – minimum 1,000 minutes

* updated for 2014

PlayerCup?Smythe?YearTeamGPWinLossMinsSASvSv%
Martin Brodeur Yes 1995 NJD 20 16 4 1222 475 448 94.4%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 1993 MTL 20 16 4 1293 611 577 94.3%
Pelle Lindbergh 1985 PHI 18 12 6 1008 468 441 94.3%
Ed Belfour* 1995 CHI 16 9 7 1014 491 462 93.9%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 1986 MTL 20 15 5 1218 489 458 93.7%
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Yes 2003 MDA 21 15 6 1407 760 711 93.6%
Patrick Roy* 1989 MTL 19 13 6 1206 521 488 93.6%
Reggie Lemelin 1988 BOS 17 11 6 1027 442 414 93.5%
Olaf Kolzig 1998 WSH 21 12 9 1351 770 720 93.5%
John Vanbiesbrouck 1996 FLA 22 12 10 1332 720 672 93.4%
Tim Thomas Yes Yes 2011 BOS 25 16 9 1542 789 736 93.3%
Jonathan Quick Yes Yes 2012 LAK 20 16 4 1238 546 509 93.2%
Dominik Hasek 1999 BUF 19 13 6 1217 616 574 93.2%
Tom Barrasso Yes 1991 PIT 20 12 7 1175 600 559 93.2%
Bill Ranford Yes Yes 1990 EDM 22 16 6 1401 676 629 93.2%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 2001 COL 23 16 7 1451 693 645 93%
Mike Smith 2012 PHX 16 9 7 1027 611 568 93%
Dwayne Roloson 2006 EDM 18 12 5 1160 625 581 92.9%
Sean Burke 1988 NJD 17 9 8 1001 530 492 92.9%
Kirk McLean 1994 VAN 24 15 9 1544 813 755 92.8%
Martin Brodeur 1994 NJD 17 8 9 1171 526 488 92.7%
Andy Moog 1990 BOS 20 13 7 1195 489 453 92.7%
Arturs Irbe 2002 CAR 18 10 8 1078 511 474 92.7%
Marc-Andre Fleury 2008 PIT 20 14 6 1251 603 559 92.6%
Tuukka Rask 2013 BOS 22 14 8 1466 724 669 92.4%
Alain Chevrier 1989 CHI 16 9 7 1013 478 441 92.3%
Ed Belfour* Yes 1999 DAL 23 16 7 1544 648 597 92.3%
Martin Brodeur Yes 2003 NJD 24 16 8 1491 678 626 92.2%
Chris Osgood Yes 2008 DET 19 14 4 1160 425 392 92.2%
Henrik Lundqvist 2014 NYR 25 13 11 1516 731 674 92.2%

I realize that 93.0% is an arbitrary threshold, but it's a pretty good summary of the best playoff performances of the past thirty years.

As I said in the previous post, there is little doubt that Roy is the greatest playoff goalie of the past three decades. He has three of the top seven performances, and five of the top thirty-three. He performed at an exceptionally high level on five different occasions where his team made the Stanley Cup finals, and he was a major reason why they were victorious four times.

Brodeur doesn't get enough credit for his spectacular performance in 1995. His 92.7% save percentage looks strong on paper, but it's even more incredible when you consider that the league average was only 89.3% that year (88.9% after removing Brodeur's shots and saves). I am adamantly opposed to the idea that Brodeur deserved the Smythe in 2003, but arguably he deserved it in 1995.

Update for 2012: there are two additions to this list. Smythe winner Jonathan Quick ranks 12th all-time. Mike Smith also had a very strong postseason.

Update for 2013: Rask joins the list in 25th place. The 2013 playoffs were very low-scoring and featured a lot excellent goaltending. Unfortunately this made it harder for each individual goalie to stand out since everything is evaluated on a relative basis. In other words, Rask's 94.0% save percentage is less impressive on a relative basis because all eight starting goalies for teams advancing to the second round posted at least a 91.8% save percentage.

Update for 2014: Lundqvist barely joins the list, placing 30th. That sounds about right; it was a very strong postseason, but I wouldn`t put it in the upper echelon of the past thirty years either.


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