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11-07-2012, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
Yeah, but they got shutout in 3 of the 4 losses (two of them 1-0 losses), right? There isn't a goaltending performance possible that beats a shutout...

Also interesting that, while you point out that the Bruins did better in an offensive series than a defensive one, Brimsek himself actually posted better individual stats in what you categorize as the more offensive series. I, personally, think that having all key players healthy in '39 made the biggest difference, as all of Mel Hill (1st line winger in '39 missed 3 of 6 games in '40), Clapper, Jackson, and Hollett missed time in '40.

And am I to believe hockey-reference when I see that Schmidt - who scored 6 points in 12 playoff games at age 20 ('39) - got shutout in 6 playoff games the very next year (despite leading the league in points during the '39/40 regular season)? Sounds like a whole lot more going wrong in front of Brimsek in '40 than in '39. Also, the name "Eddie Shore" is "conspicuously" absent from the '40 playoff roster, and undoubtedly made a huge difference, even at his age (got 2 points in 3 playoff games for the Americans against Brimsek that year - his last).
Balancing things. 1939 Mel Hill was the second line RW behind Bobby Bauer on the Kraut Line:

1939 playoffs saw the Rangers use a back-up goalie Bert Gardiner in the last six games of the series,after Dave Kerr was hurt. Yet the Bruins built a 3-0 game lead which the squandered 3-3 before winning in triple overtime.

1940 playoffs:

Bruins only played the Rangers. Americans played Detroit contrary to your assertion, bolded.

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