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Stanley Cup Winners

* 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%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 1986 MTL 20 15 5 1218 489 458 93.7%
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%
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%
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%
Grant Fuhr* Yes 1988 EDM 19 16 2 1136 485 446 92.1%
Patrick Roy* Yes 1996 COL 22 16 6 1454 635 585 92.1%
Cam Ward Yes Yes 2006 CAR 23 15 8 1320 590 543 92%
Grant Fuhr* Yes 1984 EDM 16 11 4 883 479 441 92%
Grant Fuhr* Yes 1985 EDM 18 15 3 1064 498 458 92%
Mike Richter Yes 1994 NYR 23 16 7 1417 618 568 92%
Mike Vernon Yes 1989 CGY 22 16 5 1381 543 499 91.9%
Tom Barrasso Yes 1992 PIT 21 16 5 1233 604 554 91.7%
Nikolai Khabibulin Yes 2004 TBL 23 16 7 1401 652 598 91.7%
Grant Fuhr* Yes 1987 EDM 19 14 5 1148 499 457 91.6%
Martin Brodeur Yes 2000 NJD 23 16 7 1450 575 527 91.5%
Corey Crawford Yes 2013 CHI 23 16 7 1504 641 587 91.5%
Mike Vernon Yes Yes 1997 DET 20 16 4 1229 469 429 91.4%
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Yes 2007 ANA 18 13 4 1067 462 420 90.9%
Chris Osgood Yes 1998 DET 22 16 6 1361 612 556 90.9%
Dominik Hasek Yes 2002 DET 23 16 7 1455 599 543 90.7%
Antti Niemi Yes 2010 CHI 22 16 6 1322 614 557 90.7%
Jonathan Quick Yes 2014 LAK 26 16 10 1605 768 694 90.4%
Marc-Andre Fleury Yes 2009 PIT 24 16 8 1447 650 584 89.7%

Only eight goalies have won the Stanley Cup while posting an adjusted save percentage of 93.0% or higher. Six of those netminders won the Conn Smythe. As for the other two - as incredible as Barrasso was in 1991, I don't think he was more valuable than Lemieux's insane 44 point performance. The more I think about it, the more I think that Brodeur should have won the 1995 Smythe.

Detroit won three Stanley Cups in six years with only above-average goaltending. Vernon, Osgood and Hasek played well enough not to cost the powerhouse Red Wings any series, but rarely stole any games. I was critical of Osgood in a previous post but, to his credit, he played very well in 2008.

Only two of the past thirty Stanley Cup winners posted a below average save percentage: Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Quick (just barely below average).

Update for 2012: Quick was phenomenal this spring. He has the fifth best adjusted save percentage among Stanley Cup winning goalies.

Update for 2013: the numbers indicate that Crawford's performance this spring was below-average compared to other Cup winning goalies. Keep in mind this statistic is based on relative performance and 2013 may have featured the most consistent display of goaltending I've ever seen in the postseason. As the quality of goaltending rises, it becomes increasingly difficult for any individual to stand out. What do others think?

Update for 2014: see the opposite of my commentary in 2012. Quick was good enough not to cost the Kings games, but generally wasn`t a difference maker. Statistically, he was one of the worst performing Cup winning goalies of the the past three decades.


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